Since 2011, visionary artist and director of the project, Meridel Rubenstein has led a team with Dr. Mark Nelson, Dr. Davide Tochetto and the NGO, Nature Iraq, to design and build this public park showcasing the art and cultural heritage of the unique Marsh Arab culture in the heart of the Fertile Crescent while ecologically treating the wastewater. The project is welcomed and being supported by the Iraqi government as a model of ecological, low-cost and effective sewage treatment that can be applied throughout the country which is facing water shortages and almost total lack of effective solutions. Discharge of untreated human sewage is the major pollution in the region now, affecting the Marsh Arabs and the health of the legendary Mesopotamaian marshes and the Euphrates River, so important for human and wildlife support in this region. In addition, the site will bring environmental education as well as beauty to a magnificent ancient and distressed culture.
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