Target: Council of Ministers
Goal: Commend Iraq for creating its first national park
The Iraq Council of Ministers has approved the nation’s first national park, the Mesopotamian Marshes. The third largest wetlands in the world was nearly obliterated during the Gulf War where Saddam Hussein drained the landscape and reduced it to almost 10 percent of its original size. Now this park is under the nation’s protection and is thought to be the Garden of Eden. Already the wetlands have been re-flooded with wide success and the wildlife is returning.
The marshes are extremely vital because the landscape provides fresh water and habitats to native and migratory species. It is an oasis in a region that is surrounded by desert. Remarkably when the marshland was being drained during the Gulf War, wildlife was able to survive, although only in small patches. Once re-flooding began, birds slowly grew in numbers.
However, some parts of the marshlands have not been able to recover, and one of its main threats is the region’s water politics. Other nations that are upstream of Iraq are increasingly restrictive of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. If there is not enough water heading to the Marshlands, the area could simply dry up or the nation would have to spend money constantly flooding the area. To counter this effect, the Iraqi government will build an embankment that allows water to be diverted into the marshes during the spring.
The nation will also have to ensure that urbanization and industrialization doesn’t further harm the national park. Already, buildings, roads and other structures are sapping at the nation’s resources. Iraq will have to budget their resources and funds to ensure that nothing is taken from the marshes. The country recognizes that having a national park is a long-term commitment.
Sign this petition and applaud the Council of Ministers for protecting the environment and its wildlife.
Dear Council of Ministers,
I want to thank you for making the Mesopotamian Marshes a national park. It is your country’s first park and you must be thoroughly congratulated. Your efforts for bringing life back into the marshes and ensuring that its wildlife can survive is nothing but noble and responsible.
I’m glad that you are striving towards existing harmoniously with nature, and giving consideration to our planet. We all want our future generations to see the same species and environment that we still see today. While a national park is a long-term commitment and an expensive one, everyone on this planet has a duty to ensure that the environment and its animals survive.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Korsh Ararat via Nature Iraq