The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq)
The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) will be discussed during the UNESCO World Heritage Committee Meeting this year. This site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2016.
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The request to discuss the state of conservation of this site, the Ahwar of Shouthern Iraq, has been unfortunately withdrawn.
However, any piece of information on the current situation of the site is more than welcome.
attached the State of Conservation report on the Iraqi Marshlands by the state Party. you can have a look (it is also available online on the World Heritage Centre webpage). you also look at IUCN-World Heritage Outlook, in this reports you will find a detailed assessment also you can see the trends on the states of conservation of natural heritage of the site (please check the link https://worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org/explore-sites/wdpaid/555622044)
Dear H. Abedalhaleem,
Thank you very much for the links. It is hoped that the State Party will further improve the conservation and management of the site, including the difficult area of the combined natural and cultural aspects.
This sites also contains remains of early Mesopotamian cities like Ur and Eridu, which is undeniable monuments for early Sumerian civilization. Not only the natural environment but also urban remains should be taken into consideration throughout HIA and appropriate preventive measures. We are expecting the State Party's concrete and efficient management plans as it promised with WH committee
@ja the local community (Mi'dan) in Iraqi Marshlands is also presenting a unique value how they are still living some of the Sumarian lifestyle such as: Reeds house (Madhif), fishing activities, boats they are still using. but unfortunately, this was not consider in the nomination dossier. although this is one of the best example on the connection between the cultural and natural values of the site.
There are still many stories the site can tell to the humanity.