Side Events of the Convention on Biological Diversity - the 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (CBD COP10) in Nagoya, Japan, on 21-29 October 2010
2. "Current Status on Biological Diversity in Iraq"
22 October 2010, Gymnasium of Nagoya Gakuin University (Off-site location)
Iraq has relatively rich biological diversity in the Middle East, but its importance was ignored for a longtime. Celebrating that Iraq has become the 192nd party to the Convention of Biological Diversity in 2009, the session addressed the recent progress and action plans in the field of biological diversity in Iraq and demonstrated its breathtaking richness using visual materials. Given the off-site location allotted by the secretariat and conflict with other informal meetings during the lunch break, the session was mainly attended by the Iraqi delegation and a small number of other participants, but therefore intensive discussions were held.
His Excellency Mr. Lukman Faily, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iraq to Japan delivered an opening remark of the session. H.E. Mr. Faily emphasized that the biological diversity was a core value to the reconstruction and sustainable development of the country, and Iraq would take measures as a responsible member to the Convention in the international community.
Dr. Ali Al-Lami, Advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Environment presented commitment and initiatives for protection of biodiversity in Iraq. Dr. Al-Lami also explained the on-going activities and the progressive institutional framework and cooperation among Iraqi institutions to lead the projects to a success.
Dr. Azzam Alwash, Chief Executive Project Officer of Nature Iraq presented results of surveys conducted as part of the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) project from 2005 to 2010 and introduced endemic birds, flora and fauna in Iraq by showing photos.
Ms. Anna Bachmann, Project Manager of Nature Iraq presented the Iraq Fourth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity and pointed out pros and cons of the Iraqi reporting.
Finally, Mr. Ryuichi Fukuhara, Project Officer of UNEP-DTIE-IETC, raised affecting factors on the biodiversity of the Iraqi Marshlands, including water management in the upstream and imminent oil development in relation to implementation of UNEP-UNESCO Joint Project on Natural and Cultural Management of the Iraqi Marshlands as a World Heritage.