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Nexus in MENA // Iraq Energy Institute Launches Task Force on the Future of Iraq's Water Resources

The Iraq Energy Institute (IEI) formed a task force on the future of Iraq’s water resources. The initiative was a result of a workshop entitled “Towards Sustainable Water Resources Management in Iraq” that was held in partnership with Al-Kindi Society of Engineers at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in London on 30 June 2018.

This article was originally published on the Iraqi Energy Institute website and republished on the Nexus Resource Platform with the permission of its author(s).

The Task Force comprises Iraqi experts from around the world covering the water-energy nexus. Throughout the initiative, the task force will conduct technical and economic assessments in Iraq and will consult with local, regional and international policymakers. Their work will focus on assessing the current situation of water scarcity in Iraq and proposing policy recommendations to the Iraqi government through a preliminary report, to be produced in August 2018. Follow-up work will be administered by the IEI Task Force in close cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources, the Prime Minister Advisory Commission of Iraq and relevant institutions.

Task Force Focal Points

  1. Iraq’s National Water Resources Strategy
  2. Iraq's Integrated Water Resources Plan
  3. Short, mid and long term policy measures to manage demand
  4. Alternative water resources
  5. Environmental policy and climate change impact
  6. International law, policies and legal frameworks
  7. Regional cooperation on the water, energy and trade nexus
  8. The role of technology, engineering and the economy in water resources management

Initial Task Force Members (Academics and Practitioners)

  • Dr. Luay al-Khatteeb, Executive Director of Iraq Energy Institute
  • Dr. Azzam Alwash, Chief Executive Officer of Nature Iraq
  • Dr. Kifah Khudair, University of Basrah
  • Prof. Nadhir al-Ansari, Luleå University of Technology
  • Prof. Qusay al-Suhail, Baghdad University
  • Prof. Mustafa al-Shawi, University of Salford Manchester
  • Prof. Rafid al-Khaddar, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Mr. Harry Istepanian, Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute
  • Mr. Adnan al-Janabi, President, Iraq Center for Research & Studies
  • Mr. Aun Dhiab, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Water Resources in Iraq

Editorial Board

  • Mr. Robert Tollast, Research Fellow
  • Mr. Yesar Mustafa, Research Fellow
  • Dr. Zeyad Abdon, Research Fellow

More Information

For further information, please contact the Iraq Energy Institute at:

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