Three national NGOs from Iraq, Lebanon and UAE have been recently accepted to become IUCN members during the 69th IUCN council meeting held in March 2008 in Gland. IUCN WAME welcomes the three new members and is looking forward to cooperate with them in the near future. IUCN will provide the platform to the three societies to lift the local and regional conservation issues and priorities to the international level.
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The Organization for the Protection and Improving the Iraq Environment is the first IUCN Iraqi membership organization! Despite the conflict that endure the country, environmental concerns are not absent from the reconstruction agenda. The war has particularly affected the environment and human well-being. OPIIE focuses on the reduction of pollution through clean-up campaigns and youth awareness. The organization has established environment clubs in schools to pave the way for recycling. The other main issue is the preservation of drinking water from pollution. OPIIE aims at improving the daily lives of Iraqis through providing safe and clean environment surroundings.
Based in Dubai the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a leading voluntary NGO in UAE, devoted to protect the environment through means of education, action programs and community involvement. EEG was established in 1991 working actively with the private sector and schools through awareness projects on environment protection and sound waste management. It was one of the first environmental NGOs in the world to be accredited with the ISO 14001 certification for its environment management system. http://www.eeg-uae.org/
Friends of Environment is a Lebanese non-profit organization founded in 2000, was established for assisting citizens, especially the poor to develop the abilities and knowledge to obtain their environmental rights and take part in the decision making regarding their rights to get and run the natural resources. Their mission is to promote sustainable human and environmental development in rural and urban communities in Lebanon. The society's three main goals are; to empower local human resources to contribute positively to the development of their community; to develop local natural, cultural, environmental, historical and economic resources and to reduce the environmental risks and economic impacts caused by war and natural disaster.