Under the auspices of his Excellency, the Iraqi Minister of
Higher Education and Scientific Research,
the Marine Science Centre/ University of Basrah
Themes of the Conference
The international trend of marine science nowadays is directed
towards the marine environment, focusing on the environmental
changes witnessed globally and within the Arabian Gulf in
particular. The Shatt Al-Arab River- which flows into the
Arabian Gulf- is the only gate from Iraq to the marine world.
However, the water quality of the Shatt Al Arab is challenged
and although studied extensively and funded by the Iraqi
government, no solutions have been realized. Some of the
challenges faced are:
Accumulation of thousands of tons
of sediment at the Shatt al-Arab outlet.
Reduced water discharge volumes
within the Shatt al-Arab contributing to negative impacts on the
Increased concentrations of
pollutants contributing to sediment quality deterioration and
addition to that, the physiographic nature of the Shatt Al-Arab
River, Khor Al-Zubair, and the North-West part of the Arabian
Gulf form grave obstacles for the development of Iraqi ports and
marine transportation. These challenges, and others, call for
special attention for strategic implementation of management
programs and practical plans, programs and projects to identify
sustainable solutions for the regional marine environment.
result, this conference is being held to shed light on these
problems and to work with participating governmental
jurisdictions and global institutions to study appropriate
solutions and strategic implementation.