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26 Aug 2011 description

Foreword

The Marshlands are of fundamental importance to Iraq, a unique eco-system providing local inhabitants with an essential source of habitat and livelihoods. Not only are the Marshlands an important national heritage and ecological area, but they have also played a vital role in the economic and social advancement of the people of Iraq.
At their peak the Marshlands were considered to be the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East, and they played an important role in global ecosystems by supporting rare wildlife and rich biodiversity.