Wastewater Garden & Cultural Heritage Project in Southern Iraq

Fundraising Campaign

The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden Team shown below at the project site in El Chibaish standing on the pipe from the sewage switch plant which will fill our ecological wastewater treatment gardens growing thousands of marsh plants to naturally clean up the sewage. It currently is discharging this untreated, raw sewage into the marshes, endangering human health and the environment.

Construction of the first phase  of the project is about to begin, $1.7 million dollars are needed to realize the project. The Center for Restoration of Iraqi Marshes and Wetlands (CRIMW), within the Ministry of Water Resources,  has provided a site and worked with our team to create engineering plans for the 2.65 hectare (6.5 acre) project.

We need $250,000 to complete 1st phase.

For more information, contact Deborah Parrish Snyder, Institute of Ecotechnics.

All donations received are tax deductible.

Photo of Las Casas de Selva Campsite

Fiscal Sponsorship

Eden in Iraq is a water remediation project named as such since the project is located very near a possible site of the historic Garden of Eden. It will be a centre of cultural heritage and environmental awareness. The project includes the design and construction of an ecological wastewater treatment system in the town of El Chibaish, located in the historic marshes formed by the Tigris and Euphrates which join on the eastern edge. 

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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