Water remediation in the Mesopotamian marshes of Southern Iraq
We offer a solution to prevent water contamination through the utilization of simple and sustainablewastewater recycling phyto-technology to support a garden that embodies the rich cultural heritage and tradition of the marshes and the Marsh Arab community, and provides a model for healthy recycled water for the region.
The Wastewater Garden® features locally significant design details and will engage with local craftspeople, using local materials, and ancient crafts e.g. reed structures, earthen (adobe) brick, ancient cylinder seal patterns for ceramic tiles, and a floral design layout that is inspired by Mesopotamian embroidered wedding blanket patterns. Treated water will be reused to irrigate beautiful shrubs and fruit trees, creating a beautiful public garden/park. This first demonstration Wastewater Garden will create a green space that can be scaled up and down throughout Iraq and the region, where adequate sustainable sewage control is lacking. It will be a hub for a community-centric culture to continue to manifest, allowing for local trade and cottage industries to bolster the regional economy. In addition, this nature-based solution will help to mitigate climate change by providing additional green areas for carbon sequestration.
An Environmental Impact Assessment Report has been completed and detailed plans and budgets drawn up for the project (with prior research funding (2013-2017) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The EDEN IN IRAQ Wastewater Garden Project was recognized by UNESCO as one of its outstanding Global Green Citizen projects in 2020. The Ministry of the Interior has provided a 26,250 sq meter/6.4acre site where we can treat the sewage of 8000-10,000 inhabitants.
The project will be realized in two stages. In the first stage, construction involves perimeter wall building, pipe connections and planting of reeds and other marsh plants which begin the sewage treatment. In the 2nd stage, the vegetation grown in the project nursery will be planted and cultural elements and shade structures built. Design features will involve local craftspeople, to make the garden an important Cultural Heritage Site and Learning Center.
Our technology harnesses the power of microbes and plants to clean water. The process sequesters carbon, aiding in climate change mitigation, instead of adding to it like conventional huge technological treatment facilities that cost far more, using chemicals, imported technology and
electricity. The Mesopotamian Marshes is a precious canter of biodiversity, with thousands of migratory birds passing through and several endemic species, e.g., the Basra Warbler, who are only found there.
Nature Iraq NGO
Institute of Ecotechnics
Governor of Dhi Qar Province
Municipality of El Chibaish
Center for Reconstruction of Iraqi Marshland and Wetlands
UNESCO Green Citizen 2020
Iraq Ministry of the Environment, Iraq Ministry of Water Resources
Nanyang Technological University
Arizona State University, School of Sustainability
Blue Tech Research, Vancouver and Ireland