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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Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute | + posts

Dr. Azzam Alwash was born in Kut, Iraq in 1958 and left to the United States in 1978 where he completed his graduate work with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1988. He practiced in the environmental and geotechnical field for over 20 years.
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Robert Tollast, is a freelance political risk analyst focused on Iraq who is the editor at the Iraq Energy Institute. His previously worked for the Iraq Advisory Group, CEIS (France) and the Brecon Group.

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Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute | + posts

Harry Istepanian is a PMP certified, independent Chartered Engineer (CEng.) with more than 30 years of experience in large-scale power and water utility and IWPP projects in developing countries, including SE Asia and MENA in addition to New Zealand and Australia.

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