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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
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Al-Aimmah Bridge on the Tigris River: Hope for  Baghdad and its people

Al-Aimmah Bridge on the Tigris River: Hope for Baghdad and its people

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Save the Tigris Campaign participated in the “ I Have Hope”festival on the Al-Aimmah Bridge, Baghdad, May 2016 . Al-Aimmah Bridge is located on the Tigris river in Baghdad, bridging the two districts of Adhamiya (Sunni-majority) and Kadhimya (Shia majority). On 31 August 2005 the bridge witnessed a deadly...
Suspension of Ilisu Dam project demanded at Tigris River Valley symposium in Turkey

Suspension of Ilisu Dam project demanded at Tigris River Valley symposium in Turkey

Batman, Turkey, May 2016 The ancient town of Hasankeyf in Turkey has for years been struggling against the destructive Ilisu Dam, currently under construction in Southeastern Turkey. The dam would not only flood Hasankeyf but in addition would lead to a huge decrease in water flows to Iraq, threatening the Iraqi Marshlands in its very...
The impact of a possible Mosul Dam failure

The impact of a possible Mosul Dam failure

A technical report has been released by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service, on a possible failure of the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River in Northern Iraq. For several months, new stories have appeared in which the strength of the dam has been put into question. The largest dam of...
Iraq's Water Resources are Not for Sale

Iraq’s Water Resources are Not for Sale

Dr Hassan Al-Janaby   Recently a post was published on Facebook by Dr. Hasan-Al-Janaby, an Iraqi academic and expert on water issues, in which he expresses his view of Iraq’s relationship with Turkey over the region’s water resources, and the dangers posed by Ilisu and other large dams: The post was written in response to...
“Protectors of the Tigris River” celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers in Baghdad

“Protectors of the Tigris River” celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers in Baghdad

By ICSSI Baghdad, April 2016. “We depend on our water and our land. Our land is useless without water. Our environment thrives thanks to water. However, because of droughts we have low water levels in certain seasons, and then it seems all life has left. People leave the countryside and migrate to the city. We...
Ecological Collapse Circumscribes Traditional Women's Work in Iraq's Mesopotamian Marshes

Ecological Collapse Circumscribes Traditional Women’s Work in Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes

Eurek Alert As the land at the heart of the cradle of civilization dries out, an ancient culture is being lost with the unique ecosystem that sustains it For thousands of years, the marshes at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern day Iraq were an oasis of green in a dry...
Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, 16 March 2016 The historic town of Hasankeyf, located on the Upper Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, has been selected as one of Europe’s “7 Most Endangered” heritage sites for 2016. The announcement, which noted that Hasankeyf is one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites, was made today in Venice...
Honduran anti-dam activist Berta Cáceres murdered

Honduran anti-dam activist Berta Cáceres murdered

With great sadness The Save the Tigris Campaign has learned of the assassination of Honduran environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres in her home on March 3, 2016. Berta was the founder of Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH) and an anti-dam activist. Earlier she had received threats against her life. According to...
Statement of Establishment of the Moroccan Coalition for Climate Justice

Statement of Establishment of the Moroccan Coalition for Climate Justice

Numerous Moroccan organizations, associations, unions, civil society networks and social movements met on February 7th, 2016 in Rabat within the framework of a national consultation in light of the United Nations conference on climate change from 8 to 17 November 2016 in Marrakech (COP22). Convinced of the importance and the stakes of this step in...
The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

Press release by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, January 20th 2016. 1. Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq, now the most dangerous dam in the world  Risk of the imminent collapse of the Mosul Dam must be confronted immediately. The dam, which began operation in the 1980s, is located 35 kilometers north...
Neglect May Do What Daesh Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam

Neglect May Do What Daesh Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam

The New York Times – MICHAEL R. GORDON More than 16 months after Iraqi and Kurdish forces reclaimed Mosul Dam from Daesh fighters, the structure faces a new threat: the danger that it may collapse because of insufficient maintenance, overwhelming major communities downstream with floodwaters. In the worst-case scenario, according to State Department officials, an estimated...
The Perpetual Coma of "COP21": Climate Change Conference in Paris and Iraqi Civil Society

The Perpetual Coma of “COP21”: Climate Change Conference in Paris and Iraqi Civil Society

*Ismaeel Dawood Paris – 12/12/2015 Recent news has been dominated by the negotiations of presidents in the ongoing world climate conference in Paris, called “COP21”. The conference aims to reach a binding agreement on measures to be taken by state governments in order to cope with climate change caused by man, as a result of their...