Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rebuilding Botanical Expertise in Iraq

New Flora in Iraq is an environmental project of Nature Iraq,  and was  “…initiated in order to rebuild botanical expertise in Iraq and provide the necessary resources for scientific research” after 25 years of no botanical research in Iraq.  An interesting statistic according to the Nature Iraq web page is, “Approximately 3,300 vascular plant species occur in Iraq, of which approximately 10% are endemic that is found nowhere else.”
“Nature Iraq is an Iraqi non-governmental organization registered in Iraq, accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme  (UNEP) and Iraq’s first and only Affiliate to Birdlife International. We work to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage it nourishes.”

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