Dam building projects could fuel water stress in Middle East

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(Worthy News) – Over the last 30 years, Jassim Al-Asadi has witnessed the Mesopotamian Marshes of southern where he was born undergo dramatic changes.

Once the largest wetland in the , the marshes’ wending waterways and thick towering reeds historically stretched across 20,000 square kilometers, supporting rich biodiversity and the unique Marsh Arab culture.

In the early 1990s they shrunk to 7% of their historical extent after being drained by , to flush out the rebels hiding in them. Their partial restoration post-2003 is widely heralded as a success. But now, Al-Asadi, managing director of local NGO Nature Iraq, fears for their future again. [ Source: Deutche Welle (Read More…) ]

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