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'Garden of Eden' to get UN protection

发布时间:2018-01-19 08:01:34来源:未知点击:

Iraqi marshlands believed to have been the biblical Garden of Eden could win extra protection as a World Heritage Site by 2011, the UN said last week. This should secure the future of south-west Asia’s largest wetland, protecting the unique habitat and wildlife, and the Marsh Arabs that live there. The marshlands – which nestle in the “fertile crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia, where the world’s first civilisations emerged – were destroyed in the early 1990s by Saddam Hussein to punish the Marsh Arabs’ alleged treachery in the Iran-Iraq war. However, when Hussein’s regime fell in 2003, the Arabs destroyed dams to reflood the marshlands,