EDEN IN IRAQ: MA’DAN WASTEWATER TREATMENT PARK 

LOCATION | Iraq

YEAR | 2014

STATUS | Completed

SERVICE | Parkland

ROLE | Landscape Designer

TEAM | Julia Watson with Meridel Rubenstein

Eden In Iraq is a water remediation project in collaboration with Nature Iraq, in the wetlands of Southern Iraq using art, environmental design, and wastewater to create a restorative garden for recreation, education, and contemplation. In Summer of 2014, the Iraq government officially created Iraq’s first Mesopotamian Marshlands National Park. This will eventually attract tourists to this area which is a crucial habitat for migratory birds and water fowl. The Marsh Arabs’ return to the marshes over the past ten years and Nature Iraq’s ongoing marsh restoration efforts are momentous. This first wastewater garden at Al Manar will celebrate these events. Nature Iraq is Iraq's first and only environmental conservation group. It is an Iraqi non-governmental organization, accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and affiliated to BirdLife International. The team involving Nature Iraq Director, Jassim Al-Asady, Dr. Mark Nilson, Dr. Merdil Stevenson, Dr. Defry Dojeto and Prof. Julia Watson sought to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that depends upon it.

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