This is a report by a private consulting firm, it's about how IRaq can deal with its problems in the tigris euphrates
http://zunia.org/uploads/media/knowledge/Geopolicity%20-%20Managing%20the%20Tigris%20and%20Euphrates%20Watershed%20-%20The%20Challenge%20Facing%20Iraq1280855782.pdf

Here is an article about the water issue in Iraq. I did not read it and it looks long.

UNEP project to help manage and restore the Iraqi Marshlands Iraqi Marshlands Observation System (IMOS)
http://imos.grid.unep.ch/




IRAQ



  1. People



  • 2005 : new constitution Iraq is a federal state and not a unitary state.



  • Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR):

  • developing and implementing riparian agreements;
  • maintaining relations with relevant international water management bodies.



  • No water-pricing policy and metering system.



  • Role of traditional and customary water management system.



  1. Health



  • Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR):

  • conducting research and studies.



  • Absence of a market-based water-pricing policy and metering system.



  • Ministry of Municipality and Public Works (MoMPW):

  • for water and sanitation.



  • 2007 National Development Strategy (NDS):

  • reclaiming the major water resources.



  1. Agriculture



  • Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR):

  • determining-allocating water resources for irrigation project, industry, and domestic use;
  • dredging rivers, canals, and drains.



  • Provincial Power Act (2008):

  • to support agricultural and irrigation services at the district level.



  • 2007 National Development Strategy (NDS):

  • operating and maintenance of existing works.



  1. Industries



  • 2007 National Development Strategy (NDS).



  1. Water Management



  • 1946: Neighborly Relation Agreement.

  • Gave the right to Iraq to construct dams on Turkish soil to improve management.



  • 1980: Joint Technical Committee between Iraq and Turkey.

  • Dismissed.

  • GAP (Güneydogu Anadolu Projesi).



  • Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR):

  • managing surface and groundwater resources;
  • constructing and operating dams, reservoirs, and various water-related infrastructures.



  • No water-pricing policy and metering system.



  • 2007 National Development Strategy (NDS):

  • water storage capacity + water collection.



  1. Miscellaneous



  • International watercourse (Iraq and Syria) or transboundary river (Turkey).
  • Key interests:

  • food;
  • energy;
  • security;
  • power;
  • civil society stability;
  • economic development.



  • Turkey’s struggle to become part of the European Union + needs external funding in order to finish GAP.



  • Syria + Iraq: need funding and technical support.



  • Convention of the United States on Transboundary Waters (1997)



  • 90% of Iraq’s water-dependent needs are met by surface water and 80% of this water flow comes from its three neighboring countries.