Towards Sustainable Water Resources Management in Iraq


The Task Force for the Future of Iraq’s Water Resources convened at a time of unprecedented environmental crisis in the Tigris-Euphrates River basin. Iraq’s water crisis made global headlines in early June 2018, when Turkey began filling the 10.4 billion cubic meter capacity Ilisu dam, but the crisis is complex and has been developing over a forty-year period.This report starkly displays the metrics of the crisis, with focus on:

– Iraq’s National Water Resources Strategy
– Iraq’s integrated water resources plan
– Short, mid and long-term policy measures to sustain demand
– Alternative water resources
– Environmental policies and climate change impact
– International law, policies and legal framework
– The Water and Energy Nexus
– The role of technology, engineering and the economy in water resources management.

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