News Iraq

Iraqi students being trained at Peramagroon (Image: Richard Porter)

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the...

Fri, 05/02/2016
A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

International partnership aids wildlife...

Thu, 19/02/2015
BirdLife's Iraqi Partner has been leading a wildlife study and education programme in Iraqi Kurdistan

BirdLife World Congress honours work of seven...

Sun, 23/06/2013
BirdLife has used its Partnership Awards to recognise the exceptional contributions of an unprecedented seven Partner organisations.

Nature Iraq's Festival in the Marshes

Mon, 03/06/2013
Richard Porter, BirdLife's Middle East adviser, had the privilege of attending Nature Iraq's spring festival and his personal account was broadcast on BBC's From Our Own Correspondent and in their news magazine.

Iraqi conservationist wins the Goldman...

Wed, 17/04/2013
The Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities. Amongst this year’s winners is Azzam Alwash, CEO of Nature Iraq, BirdLife’s Partner in the country.

Bird boxes Iraqi-style

Wed, 27/03/2013
An exciting project in Iraq is developing the next generation of young conservationists and also helping birds.
The new land will link up two existing reserves (Richard Osbourne)

Nature Iraq helps UK wildlife

Tue, 18/09/2012
Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner), the leading wildlife conservation NGO in Iraq, is very pleased to make a donation of $1000 to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's appeal to purchase 58 ha of land next to Cley Marshes, Norfolk, England.

Nature Iraq's work highlighted in TED...

Thu, 12/07/2012
Azzam Alwash, Founder and President of Nature Iraq, gave a presentation at the recent TED Worldwide Talent Search on protecting Iraq's natural environment and cultural heritage. Enjoy his wonderful presentation here.

First international gathering of Middle East NGOs...

Mon, 21/05/2012
The first ever gathering of international civil society organisations for nature in post-Saddam Iraq has taken place in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan, hosted by BirdLife Partner Nature Iraq.

Joint Iraqi and UK team set to work on major new...

Wed, 18/04/2012
Thanks to a £300,000 (US$ 480,000) grant from Defra’s Darwin Initiative, a major new three year conservation programme is starting in Iraq.
nature iraq CEO Alwash receives Takreem Award

Nature Iraq receives Takreem Arab Achievement...

Wed, 11/05/2011
This year's Takreem Award which promotes Arab excellence and leadership worldwide has been awarded to Nature Iraq.

Miracle in the marshes of Iraq

Mon, 17/01/2011
A film documentary on the regeneration of Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes, a project led by Azzad Alwash, the CEO of BirdLife Affiliate Nature Iraq, will get its first public screening tomorrow on the UK's BBC TV Channel. The documentary is being shown at 2000 GMT on BBC2's Natural World series...

Nature Iraq Photo Exhibition - now online

Tue, 14/09/2010
For those who missed the recent photo exhibition about Nature Iraq's (BirdLife in Iraq) work, you can now view it on their website.

Video about the work of Nature Iraq

Mon, 28/06/2010
CBS '60 Minutes' Video about the work of Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner) with an interview with their CEO - Azzam Alwash.

Walking with Nature Iraq by Richard Porter

Thu, 03/06/2010
Wednesday 2 June and the fifth day of Nature Iraq’s (BirdLife Partner) bird conservation programme for Iraqi biologists. Hot with a noon temperature of 38 degrees. We’re clambering on rocky slopes leading up to magnificent cliffs that look down on the ancient city of Sulimaniyah some 10 kms to the west...