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Dohuk Solid Waste Master Plan Finalized

Dohuk, 30 June, 2011 - A master plan to improve the management of solid waste in the Dohuk Governorate has been finalized.  The master plan is a component of UNICEF’s $10 million project funded by the European Union to develop Iraq’s water and sanitation sector. 


“After over one year of development, we now have a detailed plan to comprehensively improve our management of solid waste in the Governorate of Dohuk” said the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Mr. Samir Abdullah Mustafa.  “With the support of UNICEF and the European Union, this plan is the first step in ensuring a cleaner environment to improve the public health and overall well-being of Dohuk’s 970,000 citizens”.


Dohuk’s average waste generation of 1,000 tonnes per day is currently scattered throughout the governorate without any separation or treatment.  The average amount of solid waste per capita per day in the governorate is also more than 30% higher than international standards with nearly a quarter of the population throwing their garbage outside, burning or burying it, or practicing some other form of garbage disposal that is hazardous to the environment.   


The Solid Waste Master Plan provides a vision and action plan to guide and coordinate the efforts of decision-makers, managers, solid waste management service providers, special waste generators, community representatives, development partners, especially in the private sector, and the general public to address all of the solid waste needs of Dohuk Governorate.  The plan aims to clean all cities and communities in the governorate over the next five years, including closing over 200 illegal solid waste landfill sites which are currently major public health hazards to Dohuk’s population; in line with international standards, establish three official landfill sites in densely populated locations within the next 5-10 years, including multiple transit points to compile and transfer solid waste from all communities across the governorate; and, in the next 10-20 years, generate electricity from the collected solid waste for all people across the governorate.


“This master plan is a milestone achievement in our efforts to make Iraqi cities and communities friendly to its children” said UNICEF Iraq’s Representative, Mr. Sikander Khan.  “We thank the European Union for their support to develop this plan and will continue to work closely with the Government to ensure the plan is effectively implemented through capacity building of the government’s staff, raising community awareness on all of the aspects related to solid waste management, and supporting the strategic investment of their resources.” 


As part of the overall project supported by the European Union, UNICEF has already completed a similar solid waste master plan in Basra governorate and is currently developing solid waste master plans in Anbar, Thiqar, Sulimaniyah and Erbil governorates, which will all be completed by the end of 2011.  UNICEF plans to use these solid waste master plans as models to work with Iraq’s 13 other governorates in developing their own solid waste master plans in the coming years.  All governorate solid waste master plans will be instrumental to attaining Iraq’s Millennium Development Goal 7 targets of ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015. 

About UNICEF Iraq

UNICEF has been on the ground in Iraq since 1983 working to ensure Iraqi children survive and realize their full potential. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Iraq

to develop child friendly policies, build the capacity of institutions that deliver essential services to children, and convene all duty bearers to realize the full rights of Iraqi children. Via a network of staff and partners, UNICEF’s programmes continue to improve basic health services, safeguard a quality education, rebuild water and sanitation systems, protect children from abuse, violence, and exploitation, and meet the needs of the most vulnerable in crisis situations.


About EU in Iraq

Helping Iraqi national efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which have a strong two-way link to the peace consolidation process is fundamental for the EU.  The EU’s objective for cooperation with Iraq has been to help Iraq mobilise its own resources for recovery and development, with the support of the international community.  EU support to Iraq from 2003 to the end of 2010 amounts to over 1 billion Euro targeting mainly the following sectors: basic services such as education, health, water and sanitation, infrastructure; political and electoral process; support to refugees and IDPs; rule of law; human rights; and capacity building of Iraqi institutions.  For more information about EU in Iraq visit:


For further information please contact:

Jaya Murthy, UNICEF Iraq, +962796926190,

Salam Abdulmunem, UNICEF Iraq, +9647809126782,

Anton Stemberger, EU Iraq,



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