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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...
Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 2016 will be the hottest year recorded in human history, and the world is looking for urgent action on climate change. Under the principles of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the COP22 (UN Climate Change Conference) took place in Marrakech, Morocco (7-18 November). No...
Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status

Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 23 November 2016  The Marshlands of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq are a rare aquatic landscape in the desert, and a biodiversity hotspot for key migratory birds. “They are a unique ecosystem regionally and globally where we see the largest river system in the Middle East, a rich biodiversity, and historical...
Save the Tigris, Euphrates and Marshes from climate change and unsustainable water policies: a message to the COP22

Save the Tigris, Euphrates and Marshes from climate change and unsustainable water policies: a message to the COP22

Message to the COP22 Climate Change Summit in Marrakech, Morocco The team of Humat Dijla, one the main partners of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, offers its sincere congratulations for the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting the Conference of the Parties COP in it’s twenty-second edition, wishing them success in their tireless...
Dam construction in Iraqi Kurdistan: 2 case studies

Dam construction in Iraqi Kurdistan: 2 case studies

By our partner Waterkeepers Iraq   Surqawshan Dam east of Dukan & Basara Dam in Delezha, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq These two dams are under construction in Sulaymaniyah governorate, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. Surqawshan is located down river from the city of Dukan on a tributary to the Lesser Zab.  Delezha is located  south of the city...
New Report Highlights the Disastrous Impact of Daryan Dam on Iraq

New Report Highlights the Disastrous Impact of Daryan Dam on Iraq

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 28 October 2016 The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign have released a report on the impact of the Daryan Dam on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Daryan Dam is a large dam currently under construction on the Sirwan River in Iran. The...
Iraqi Marshes workshop at the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum

Iraqi Marshes workshop at the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum

In difficult circumstances, activists of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign succeeded in organizing a workshop at the third season of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad. The forum included three different kinds of open activities which took plae at Abu Nu’as Park, where many Iraqi as well as international visitors attended. Volunteers...
Casablanca Declaration for the COP22!

Casablanca Declaration for the COP22!

Casablanca Declaration following the September 23-24 International and African Conference on COP22 Record temperatures during the entire year of 2016, as well the series of cyclones, hurricanes, floods, forest fires and droughts that have taken place serve as clear reminders that climate change is a reality that already affects hundreds of millions among us. We,...
Call for collaboration on the implementation of UNESCO recommendations for the Iraqi Marshes!

Call for collaboration on the implementation of UNESCO recommendations for the Iraqi Marshes!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign September 22, 2016 Following the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad The Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign congratulates the Iraqi Government and people as well as the office of UNESCO in Iraq on the outstanding achievement of the inscription...
Official decision of the Iraqi Marshes' inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Official decision of the Iraqi Marshes’ inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Decision: 40 COM 8B.16 The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC/16/40.COM/8B, WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B1 and 1.WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B2, Inscribes The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape 2. of the Mesopotamian Cities, Iraq, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (v), (ix) and (x); Takes note of the following provisional...
Save Iraqi Kurdistan’s rivers from deprivation

Save Iraqi Kurdistan’s rivers from deprivation

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris Campaign There is no question about the commodification of natural resources and the damage inflicted upon the environment in Iraqi Kurdistan. The exploitation of the environment is a consequence of the economic system envisioned by the ruling parties: a capitalist Kurdistan firmly entrenched in the global free market. Consider...