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Karez of Iraq: Reviving lost heritage to improve water security

Language: English

Karez are traditional water canals in Northern Iraq. Facing a severe drought, Northern Iraqi governorates depend on this ancient water network that enables them to use ground water resources. With the gradual deterioration of these canals, hundreds of families were living in threatening conditions and many found themselves forced to leave their homeland. In 2007 UNESCO office in Iraq started a project, funded by the European Union, to rehabilitate 20 Karez. The project allowed local residents to benefit again form their ground water resources and contributed in saving more than 800 families from displacement.

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Place/region: Iraq, Southwest Asia
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Joshka Wessels
Publisher: Sapiens Productions
Coproducer/sponsor: UNESCO Iraq; UN Development Group
Published in:
Rights: UNESCO Iraq

Original: DVD
Location: F-H.129
UMVS reference: AUD-DIT/ISS/ARC/0068
File No: AVFONDS-2010-000424-FU
Rights holder: UNESCO