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Evaluation Meeting for Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands Project (Phase III) - Summary Report (page1)

3 September 2008
Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan

Background and Objectives

UNEP organized the Evaluation Meeting: Support for Environmental management of Iraqi Marshlands on 3 September 2008, in Kyoto, Japan. The Evaluation Meeting was held within the framework of UNEP’s on-going project, Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands Project. The meeting was organized with the following two objectives:

  1. To review the outcomes and results achieved by the project;
  2. To formulate recommendations for future work to be undertaken by the Iraqi government and international community to mainstream environmental issues in sustainable development agenda for Iraq as a whole.

The meeting evaluated all project phases implemented thus far by UNEP from 2004, namely Phase I, supported by the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund with Japanese contributions, Phase II-A, supported by the Government of Italy, as well as Phases II-B and III, supported by the Government of Japan.

Her Excellency Mrs. Narmin Othman, Minister of Environment of Iraq, headed the Iraqi delegation and participated in the meeting together with high-level officials from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works. His Excellency Dr. Ghanim Al-Jumaily, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Japan, also participated. The workshop was also attended by representatives from the Government of Japan, the Government of Italy, and UNESCO. Representatives from the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC) and the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), two supporting institutions of IETC, also participated as observers.

The meeting comprised of five sessions, to present and assess the outcomes and results achieved by the project from the perspectives of the implementing agency, beneficiaries, and donors of the project, as follows:

Session 1: Opening Remarks

Session 2: Reporting - Overview of Meeting Programme and UNEP Marshland Initiatives

Session 3: Reporting - Results and Impacts of UNEP Marshlands Project – Phase I, II-A, II-B and III

Session 4: Discussion - Feedback on project impacts and lessons learned

Session 5: Discussion - Where to go from here?

Closing Remarks