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This is advocating the establishment of “National Water Council” as the proper platform for policy and programs that ensure sustainable development in the water sector after the dramatic changes in the  nature and direction of the political setting in Iraq. The new realities of water shortages, increased competition, and intensified control on water resources both at the sources in neighboring countries as well as within the newly federalized state of Iraq, represent enormous challenges for water and political authorities. The exercise of the newly granted powers for local authorities and emergence of civil society and interest groups and  their engagement in the decision making are unprecedented experiences that need to be formulated and framed legally and institutionally. The second and most important step is to establish a properly authorized commission or council to lead the water sector towards adaptation to the new realities in the shadows of serious climate change impact on the country’s water resources.

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