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Stop Ilisu – Stop Destruction and Instability!

Stop Ilisu – Stop Destruction and Instability!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 05.12.2014 Ilisu Dam’s construction may be continued after a 4 month halt!  Stop Ilisu – stop destruction and instability! The Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI) has announced few days ago that after a four month break that the construction of the highly criticized Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric...
Draught, and Misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

Draught, and Misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

Nadia Al Baghdadi, A paper prepared for the ICSSI conference “”promoting dialogue and reconciliation, working for peaceful coexistence, and opportunities for international solidarity with Iraqi civil society” 27-29 Oct.2014, Oslo. On the 14th of March 2012, a petition was released all over the world, directed to The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, to conserve the...
Amid Terror Attacks, Iraq Faces Water Crisis

Amid Terror Attacks, Iraq Faces Water Crisis

National Geographic – USA Islamic State’s assault on dams and water systems threatens Iraq’s supply, which was already squeezed by dams in Turkey and Iran. TELSKUF, Iraq—Viewed from afar, the two-mile-long Mosul Dam is an impressive sight on the flat, sunbaked northern plains. Move closer, though, and its appearance has a menacing air. The bullet-riddled...
Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign Following the ICSSI Conference in Oslo (27-29 October 2014)   Recently, the following article by South-Asian based journalist Amantha Perera was published. It exposes how water will be a defining issue for the world for decades to come. The issue is especially relevant for Iraq today....
After Cutting Off their Water .. People of Balad Ruz Constitute A Regiment for the Liberation of Al-Sidoor Dam from (Daaesh)!

After Cutting Off their Water .. People of Balad Ruz Constitute A Regiment for the Liberation of Al-Sidoor Dam from (Daaesh)!

Al-Mada Press – Diyala The Board of Diyala province, announced on Sunday, providing funds to hire tankers to transport potable water to the residents of the district of Baladruz due to the closing the gates of water by the elements of (Daaesh), stressing that (Daaesh) are fighting in a new war called (water war) to...
Water Scarcity in Iraq: Residents of Al-Majar Al-Kabeer: "Our river is becoming a swamp of algae and waste”

Water Scarcity in Iraq: Residents of Al-Majar Al-Kabeer: “Our river is becoming a swamp of algae and waste”

Al-Madaa Press / Maysan Translated by ICSSI ِAugust  27 , 2014   Residents of the Al-Majar Al-Kabeer district in the southern province of Maysan, complained on Thursday about water scarcity and about the river that passes through the district becoming a breeding ground for algae and a repository for waste. Lack of sufficient potable, clean...
Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Tuesday 15 July 2014   The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign is concerned that parties involved in the current conflict in Iraq and Syria might resort to using water and its infrastructure as a weapon of war. Over the past weeks, several news stories have reported...
The Unity of Water!

The Unity of Water!

MOSCOW – Project Syndicate In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on August 17, the convention will enter into force. The fact that it took almost 50 years to draft and finally achieve the...
The Realities of Ilisu Dam in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Realities of Ilisu Dam in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris Campaign and ICSSI – Sulaymaniya, May 28, 2014   The construction of the Ilisu Dam in South-Eastern Turkey can be described as one of the most pressing current environmental issues for Iraq. Its impact will be mostly felt in the Southern part of the country, located at the downstream...
Hasankeyf: Open-air Museum or Last Frontier for Diving?

Hasankeyf: Open-air Museum or Last Frontier for Diving?

By Marcello Canepa, April 2014. English translation by ICSSI editor.  Overview If ballots are a mirror of reality, administrative elections in Turkey on March 30, 2014 marked the reaffirmation of Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan and of AKP. The political turnout poses inevitable obligations to the winners, in terms of socio-economical development, that will shape...
Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

by Johanna L. Rivera Save The Tigris And The Iraqi Mashes Campaign and ICSSI On March 22nd in Baghdad, the Iraqi Social Forum – a gathering of several Iraqi civil society organizations – and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held a seminar to discuss Iraq’s...

Ilisu Dam and Legal Considerations in Iraq

Policy Paper Presented to the Iraqi Government on the legal possibilities available to Iraq to respond to the threat posed by the Ilisu Dam. Author: Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Baghdad, 22-03-2014    Download the full paper here (PDF file) or read the full content below.   Contents: ILISU DAM AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS...