Capacity Building of Water Institutions

UNESCO is supporting Iraqi government in formulating a suitable water management strategy. Furthermore, the organization is preventing water disputes by establishing a dialogue at a regional level.

In the field of water resources management, UNESCO’s activities respond to Iraq’s urgent needs to rehabilitate and reconstruct the water planning sector. UNESCO works with the Ministry of Water Resources and other relevant Ministries to enhance technical capacities of water experts, to strengthen institutional capacities in Integrated Water Resources Management and to assist the government in formulating a national water policy and strategy for sustainable water use.

Iraq’s water supply is dependent on the Tigris and Euphrates – two rivers and its tributaries flow through Turkey, Syria and Iran. To prevent any possible water disputes and to guarantee water security for all riparian countries, UNESCO facilitates regional dialogues for collaborative water management of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers within the framework of UNESCO’s PCCP (From Potential Conflict to Co-operation Potential) Programme.

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