Will UN protection save the Marsh Arabs of Iraq?

The Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, made famous by the explorer Wilfred Thesiger were opposed the the reign of Saddam Hussein. He punished them severely and attempted to destroy their way of life by draining the marshlands. In the years since the fall of the Hussein regime, the marshes have been regenerated and now stand to be given protection as a UN World Heritage site:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7600104.stm

There are more details of the plan here:

http://imos.grid.unep.ch/

In February 2009 it was revealed that the marshes were also under threat from lack of water caused by drought and the construction of dams and other irrigation projects upstream:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7906512.stm

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