Iraq gets its first national park: just call it Eden

Mongabay: Late last month, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the nation's first national park: the Mesopotamian marshes, which some scholars believe were the site of the historical Garden of Eden. The establishment of the park is a major milestone for a nation still plagued by violence with the park itself linked to the ravages of the Saddam Hussein regime. Portions of the marshes were drained beginning in the 1950s for agriculture and oil, however Saddam Hussein drained the vast majority of the marshes......

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