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Restoring the Marshlands of Southern Iraq
Friday, November 12, 2004 - 1:00pm to Friday, November 12, 2004 - 2:00pm
Dr. Michelle Stevens, ethnobotanist and restoration ecologist, will discuss "Eco-Cultural Restoration of the Mesopotamian Marshes of Southern Iraq," in an event sponsored by PSU's Department of Environmental Sciences and Resources, and PSU's Middle East Studies Center.

Iraq's Mesopotamian marshlands constitute the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East and Western Eurasia, and are home to 22 species of globally endangered species and 66 at-risk avian species. Stevens' talk will synthesize the current state of restoration in Iraq, identifying missing links in the restoration planning efforts.

Friday, November 12, 1-2 p.m.

Portland State University's Science Building 1 (1025 SW Mill), room 107.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mark Sytsma at 503-725-3833 or

Michelle Stevens is a restoration ecologist and ethnobotanist for the California Department of Water Resources and teaches ecology at San Francisco University. She was the project manager for the Eden Again project with the Iraq Foundation from 2002-2003, working on approaches to eco-cultural restoration for the Mesopotamian Marshes of Southern Iraq, and is currently initiating a nonprofit organization, "Fountain of Hope Environmental Scholarship Fund," to raise scholarship funds for Iraqi students.