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Mesopotamian marshlands in 2000

Mesopotamian marshlands in 2002

Hard facts: Analysis of Landsat satellite imagery shows that the surviving Mesopotamian marshlands declined by 30% from 1,084 square kilometers in 2000 to 759 square kilometers in 2002. At this rate of loss, the marshes are likely to totally vanish within the next five years.

(Maps Copyright © 2002 UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva. The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on the maps do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.)