KRG to take action on environmental threat of Tanjaro in Sulaymaniyah: DPM Talabani

Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Qubad Talabani, informed Channel8 of the growing environmental concerns posed by Tanjaro in Sulaymaniyah.

Acknowledging the diverse issues associated with Tanjaro, Talabani revealed the formation of a committee dedicated to assessing risks and devising solutions for the problems of dust and garbage in the area.

During a phone conversation with Channel8, Talabani highlighted the committee’s efforts to identify suitable locations for garbage disposal and address water accumulation issues in Tanjaro.

Expressing the government’s commitment to handling the challenges posed by Tanjaro, Talabani stressed the importance of supporting environmentalists and organizations in their endeavors to mitigate the environmental impact.

On June 1st, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani, together with Iraqi Environment Minister Nizar Mohammed Saeed Amidi and a delegation from the World Food Programme (WFP), visited the Tanjao area in Sulaymaniyah to tackle the waste and garbage problem and enhance the water quality in the Tanjaro river.

The visit took place on June 1, 2024, and saw participation from various directorates and stakeholders from Sulaymaniyah province. In a subsequent meeting, the attendees delved into the negative impacts of waste accumulation and water pollution in Tanjaro and Darbandikhan on both the environment and public health. Potential solutions were brainstormed during the discussions.

Deputy Prime Minister Talabani stressed the need for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, and the WFP to collaborate on crafting a scientific and sustainable plan for a swift resolution. He also affirmed the KRG’s willingness to assist in resolving the issue.

Iraqi Environment Minister Amidi expressed his ministry’s readiness to work in partnership with the KRG and WFP to oversee the problem’s resolution.

Subsequently, it was agreed at the meeting that a joint committee comprising stakeholders from Sulaymaniyah province, the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, WFP, and other international organizations would be formed to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy addressing the issue.