Friday, January 12, 2007

Garden of Eden Wetlands Recovered After Saddam's Destruction

Fifteen years after nearly being annihilated by Saddam Hussein, almost half of Iraq’s fabled marshlands of Mesopotamia, considered by some to be the original Garden of Eden, have been restored with water and wildlife, thanks to a multi-million dollar program managed by the UN Environment Program, UNEP.

Satellite images released this week showed that almost 50 percent of the total area, one of the world’s largest wetland ecosystems, had been re-flooded, in sharp contrast to agency images in 2001 revealing 90 percent of the marshlands had already been lost.

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