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The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives against their own countries’ rights,...
Open Letter to Bresser Eurasia and Er-Bu İnşaat

Open Letter to Bresser Eurasia and Er-Bu İnşaat

+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, Iraq +++ Humat Dijla, Iraq+++ Movement for the Protection of Aracthos River, Greece +++ Ecological collective of Irakleio, Greece +++ Friends of the Earth, Greece...
Water as a Force for Peace

Water as a Force for Peace

The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water...
Protests in Iranian city where "Everything is covered in brown dust"

Protests in Iranian city where “Everything is covered in brown dust”

TEHRAN — Days of protests over dust storms, power failures and government mismanagement in one of Iran’s most oil-rich cities subsided on Sunday after security forces declared all demonstrations illegal. Residents of Ahvaz, a city with a majority Arab population near the border with Iraq, had been protesting for five days in increasingly large gatherings,...
World Wetlands Day: what measures will be taken to safeguard the Iraqi Marshes?

World Wetlands Day: what measures will be taken to safeguard the Iraqi Marshes?

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, the Ministry of Water Resources in Iraq held an official event in Baghdad, celebrating the unique value of wetlands, in particular the Iraqi Marshes. World Wetlands Day is held annually to help raise global public awareness on the value of wetlands. In addition to the participation...
New Website launched by Save the Tigris Campaign!

New Website launched by Save the Tigris Campaign!

The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign has officially launched its new campaign website. Find us at www.savethetigris.org The website contains: an overview of the latest campaign updates and articles our objectives information about our partners reports and papers produced by our campaign press releases of our campaign Documents related to the water struggle...
Current developments in the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey

Current developments in the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey

By Ercan Ayboga, December 2016 The construction of the Ilisu Dam and HEPP (Hydro-Electric Projects) still continues, currently with an unknown number of workers (probably hundreds). According to a 26 November 2016 statement of Ali Fuat Eker, director of the 16th region of the DSI (State Water Works), 85 % of the project has been...
In Halabja, the struggle against Daryan Dam continues

In Halabja, the struggle against Daryan Dam continues

With the completion of the Daryan Dam immenent, civil society in the city of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan held a special seminar to discuss the negative impacts of this Iranian-built dam on the Sirwan River. Taking place on 19 December 2016, the seminar was organized by Al-Mesalla in cooperation with Civil Organisation for Individual Awareness,...
Youth activists camp in the Iraqi Marshes

Youth activists camp in the Iraqi Marshes

The Save the Tigris Campaign continues to work and campaign for the Iraqi Marshes. This time an activity took place in the heart of the Iraqi Marshlands at Chibayish, where a camp was organized, now an annual tradition of the campaign. It included 20 young, male and female water and environmental activists from Baghdad, Nasiriyah...
Water Wars: Iranian Dam Threatens Iraqi Kurdistan’s Legendary Sirwan River

Water Wars: Iranian Dam Threatens Iraqi Kurdistan’s Legendary Sirwan River

Salam Handani – Niqash When neighbouring Iran tested their new dam recently, levels on an important Iraqi Kurdish river dropped four meters. Locals fear when the dam is completed, the water will dry up altogether. The Sirwan River in northern Iraq is an important part of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan’s history and heritage;...
Why Iraq Needs Immediate Action on Climate Change

Why Iraq Needs Immediate Action on Climate Change

Al-Monitor Adnan Abu Zeed / BAGHDAD — Iraq faces many threats to its environment, not the least of which are apathy, a lack of education and a need for cooperation from other countries. “Iraq is in dire need of environmental awareness. Environmental education is absent among the Iraqi people, whose dangerous behaviors are majorly affecting...
Open letter: Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf/Turkey

Open letter: Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf/Turkey

+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, Iraq +++ Movement for the Protection of Aracthos River, Greece +++ Ecological collective of Irakleio, Greece +++ Friends of the Earth, Greece +++ Cultural...