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Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through local Development. This project is to increase community stabilization through rehab of Al-Yarmouk Park at West Mosul in Iraq.

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    Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through local Development. This project is to increase community stabilization through rehabilitation of Yarmouk Park at West Mosul in Iraq.

    Description

    For distinguishing features of this intonation, this is the first time friendly environmental aspects have been used as, solar system to reduce global warming hiring workers instead of using machinery in planting to increase income to vulnerable families, training 30 females on new techniques and strategies of planting to increase knowledge about modern procedures to support sustainability of project success. This project is essential for Recovery and Stability of returning people and contributes to child protection, livelihoods and other sector as after finishing this project the park will be an adequate place for both children and adults to recover from the pressure during the displacement on military works period. Also, this project contributes to Environment preservation, climate change and sustainable biological development, as this is a part of EADE specialty as attached you can find that EADE has plenty of affiliations in this regards, inclusion of Nineveh Environment will be ensured to reach for the best outcome of the project EADE approached the project objective in the following methods: 1- Hiring both females and males to be involved in agriculture works. 2- Providing training opportunities for 30 females through providing vocational training about agriculture and planting nursey. 3- Providing clear Water and Sanitation to reduce water waste and to supply water for plants and trees by digging two water wells working by solar power by installing a small solar plant and system to power the park’s irrigation system. The newly installed solar system is doing its part to help Iraq to reduce carbon dioxide gas emissions and fight global warming. Also, EADE provided an irrigation net using all the modern techniques to reduce water wastage within scheduled irrigation system. 4- By delivering and planting over 300 trees, including mature palms trees, fruit trees, shrubs and climbers from the region.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    This project meets to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. Through this project, EADE contributed to 12 SDG Goals out of 17: 1- SDG 1 has been achieved by providing equal work opportunities for unemployed and vulnerable residents, many of whom were displaced during the conflict. Hundreds of jobs were created for skilled and unskilled male and female workers, enhancing social protection and contributing in reducing poverty. 2- SDG 4 has been achieved by providing vocational training opportunities for 30 unemployed women. EADE designed and delivered an intense horticultural training course. Trainees visited local nurseries and learned about the suitability of different types of plants and soils, their maintenance and required treatments. 3- SDG 5 has been achieved by hiring the 30 recently trained women as gardeners in Yarmouk Park who worked under the close supervision of a female agriculture specialist and her colleagues. 4- SDG 6 has been achieved by providing fresh irrigation water from two new water wells in the Park powered by solar energy, rather than consuming precious potable water or electricity. EADE installed a state-of-the-art irrigation network designed to reduce any water wastage. 5- SDG 8 has been achieved by hiring female and male workers for over 3 continuous months selected among the poorest and most marginalised residents of the area – including youth – in support of their livelihoods. 6- EADE has contributed to SDG 9 by designing and installing a brand-new irrigation system powered by renewable energy and fed by a network distributing water by gravity across the 67,000 sqm of the park. 7- The project has contributed to SDG 10 by hiring workers and experts from different ethnic and religious groups, nationalities, ages, gender and backgrounds in an effort to reduce socio-economic inequalities and foster social cohesion within a community that has affected by violence, loss of livelihoods and marginalisation. 8- Critical to SDG 11 is the creation of safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces by 2030. Once completed, the newly landscaped Yarmouk Park will serve over 500,000 people from west Mosul. 9- In contribution to SDG 12 and reduce the impact of solid waste and debris, EADE has recycled wherever possible stone and building waste by converting these into tables and chairs. 10- In order to reduce the consumption of non-renewable energy and the air pollution deriving from local generators, EADE has contributed to SDG 13 by installing a small solar plant and system to power the park’s irrigation system. The newly installed solar system is doing its part to help Iraq to reduce carbon dioxide gas emissions and fight global warming. In the past months, EADE has delivered and planted over 300 trees, including mature palms trees, fruit trees, shrubs and climbers from the region. 11- Also, in contribution to SDG 15, the increased green cover and enriched biodiversity will not only help to combat soil degradation, but also provide a suitable habitat for dozens of insects and creatures. The project is protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable land use and terrestrial ecosystems which are at the basis of life on earth. 12- This project embodies SDG 17, relying on the successful partnership established under this programme between the donor, UN agencies and the NGOs implementing the works under the close supervision of UN-Habitat field staff and project managers.

    Implementation methodologies

    1-Excvated two water wells to irrigate the corps and trees. 2-Supplying the water well with solar power system so avoid pollution of environment. This solar power can provide power to fill the huge water tanks of 100 m3 volume. 3-Planting 40 fruit trees. 4-Planting 60 palm trees 5-Planting more than 3oo trees 6-Train 30 females about planting and garden nursery to hire them during planting the trees. 7-Planting 800 M2 with grass. 8-Providing and supplying children play spaces. 9-Providing irrigation system to irrigate the trees and grass works by solar power. 10-Using the organic fertilizer for trees and plants

    Results

    Engineering Association For development and Environment (EADE) started in October 2020 a unique project in Iraq, Mosul city. This project a friendly environment project. There was a big park in Mosul about 67000 sqm. The park was opened in 1980 from the last century. People used to come to this park, but due to war and especially ISIL war the park was nearly damaged. As a result of shortage of fuel and electricity, people came and cut most the trees which made the park like a dessert. In this project EADE reach several outputs: a- increasing the wellbeing of the neighborhood residents through providing vocational training, cash for work, rehabilitation of the park for the residents to spend good times with their children. Negative impact was avoided by creating fair selection criterion and we explained to the residents in the FGDs why some people will not be selected to avoid social tension. b- Contributing to marketing for green energy as we used solar energy to run electrical devices rather than relying on generators. All equipment were put in safe places to avoid any harm for the children on the operators in the park to avoid any negative impact. c- Supporting the environment sustainability and working against dentification by planting over 600 trees. The trees, pushes selected carefully to avoid the death of trees for not being adequate to the climate of Iraq and the need of water, poisonous trees were avoided too to follow the principle of “Do no Harm”.

    Factors and Constraints

    Through hiring professional consultant utilizing the financial resources we ensured that each dollar was spent where it is spouses to be, by doing focus group discussions we included the needs of the beneficiaries into the program to reach the best impact. Alternative choices were considered too to selected the best economic solution which can fix the problem ahead.

    Sustainability and replicability

    In order to ensure good results about the success of the project. An agreement has been signed by Engineering Association for Development and Environment, EADE and Mosul municipality, greening and agriculture department to hire three out of the 30 female who received training about planting and nursery. These females will be hired for five years to ensure the sustainably and replicability. Also, there will be support from UNHABITAT to monitor the project for five years. Hiring local unskilled labour and team them up under supervision of skilled labour from the community, and from Al-Sikak, Al-Yarmouk and Al-Matahin neighborhoods so that they acquire knowledge and skills, since there were some empty kiosks that mentioned a skilled labor here or there, but not actually operational. EADE advocated with relevant local authorities and the Advocacy Working Group for an increased integration of humanitarian assistance into government support programs by engaging with authorities such as DOA to provide local parks with the resources, such as maintenance of plants and shrubs.

    COVID-19 Impact

    Covid-19 has affected the people nearly all countries and especially Mosul because it was under ISIL control for more than three years. Covid-19 has increased poverty situation. So, in order to decrease people sufferings, EADE hired the vulnerable people from the nearest areas. We focused on hiring vulnerable women as widows and divorced women. During the implementation time, mitigation procedures have been adopted as putting masks, gloves and social separation. All the health procedures have been adopted during the implementing time. EADE provided to the women trainings site with the best and ensure that all safety measure regarding to COVID 19, and other hazardous are in place, through provision of PPE materials, awareness session regarding COVID 19, awareness about toxic materials in this field of work and the existence of health monitor who has the experience in first aid to step in when needed.

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    Engineering Association for Development & Environment-EADE
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    Geographical coverage

    Our practice is implemented in Mosul city, Nineveh Governorate. The project implemented by UN-Habitat through its implementing partner EADE -Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through Local Development Programme and Funded by European Union

    Timeline
    15 October 2020 (start date)
    15 February 2021 (date of completion)
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    Countries
    Iraq
    Iraq
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    Mohammed, Director