Equitable Water Rights: A Perspective On Eco-Cultural Restoration to Sustain Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functions, and Social Justice in the Tigris Euphrates Watershed Michelle Stevens, David Kelley, Tim Horner, Jaime Kneitel, Nadia Fawzi Department of Environmental Studies, California State University, Sacramento www.hima-mesopotamia.org Overview Recommendations Hima Mesopotamia is committed to drawing international attention to the situation in the Mesopotamian Marshes and Tigris Euphrates watershed. It is imperative to synthesize scientific information and to collaborate on scientific research between stakeholders and scientists throughout the basin. Building a strong international community network will help with the development of viable solutions to revitalize and restore cultures, biodiversity, and ecological resiliency in Turkey, Iraq, and Kuwait. The intimate and reciprocal relationship between telling stories of the people and restoring the landscape are intimately linked to healing the people and the land, and dissipating some of the regional conflicts over water. Consequences Acknowledgements I would like to thank Valerie Hinden along with the El Dorado National Forest Service for allowing use of the meadows. Lindsey Molenieux and Anthony Sugar aided with identifying plant species. The funding was provided by the CSUS S.U.R.E. grant.