Ninth Cabinet implements measures to protect Kurdistan Region's water resources

One of the major initiatives includes the construction of 41 ponds across the region, with a total cost exceeding 27 billion dinars.
A photo of a newly created water ponds in the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
A photo of a newly created water ponds in the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In an effort to mitigate the consequences of climate change and protect the water resources of the Kurdistan Region, the ninth cabinet has taken significant steps since its inauguration.

One of the major initiatives includes the construction of 41 ponds across the region, with a total cost exceeding 27 billion dinars.

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Recognizing the global challenges posed by climate change and freshwater depletion, the ninth cabinet has prioritized water resource management. The construction of these ponds is a key part of this strategy. According to official data, the ninth cabinet approved the project in three phases.

In the first phase, 20 ponds have been built, with 14 more approved in the second phase. The third phase includes the approval for constructing four additional ponds and the initiation of 23 more.

Beyond the ponds, the ninth cabinet has also allocated 1.6 billion dinars for pond renovations and over 243 billion dinars for various dam projects. These measures aim not only to protect water resources but also to support agriculture and tourism in the region.

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The General Directorate of Water Resources in the Kurdistan Region reports that over 20 dams and ponds are currently in the design and completion stages. Collectively, these projects will have a capacity of 87 million cubic meters of water.

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The construction of dams and ponds in the Kurdistan Region is expected to have a positive impact on Iraq as a whole, contributing to better water management and resource allocation.

These initiatives by the Kurdistan Regional Government highlight the critical importance of proactive measures in addressing environmental challenges and ensuring the sustainability of vital water resources for future generations.

 

Additional reporting by Kurdistan24's correspondent Arad Jalal