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Save the Tigris and Marshes
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...
Baghdad activists celebrate the Iraqi Marshes' World Heritage inscription

Baghdad activists celebrate the Iraqi Marshes’ World Heritage inscription

By Ali Alkarkhi, Baghdad In a ferry in the middle of the Tigris River in Baghdad activists of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign celebrated the inclusion of the Iraqi Marshes in the World Heritage List, on 1 August 2016. UNESCO had decided to include several natural sites (Central Marshes, East -and West...
A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 20 July, 2016 Congratulations to the Iraqi people and everyone involved in the preservation of the world heritage and culture of Mesopotamia, for the Iraqi Marshes have been officially named UNESCO World Heritage. Its inclusion was approved in the afternoon of the 40th session of...
Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands as a world heritage site! The area named “is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq” UNESCO said. “The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and...
London hosts academic conference on Iraq's water resources

London hosts academic conference on Iraq’s water resources

Concern mounts about the future of Iraq’s water resources, and in an important development Iraqi President Fouad Masoum warned about the deteriorating situation. It is important for Iraq to raise its voice in regional and international fora to fight for its legitimate rights to sufficient shares of water, especially with regards to rivers shared with...
Mega water projects and the environmental crisis in the Iraqi Marshes: a publication by A Sud

Mega water projects and the environmental crisis in the Iraqi Marshes: a publication by A Sud

Beyond the rhetoric of “waves” as used by the media in their narrative of migration flows to Europe lies a different and more complex reality, a reality beyond wars, extreme poverty and political persecution. The UNHCR 2014-2015 data estimates the number of refugees in the world between 14 and 15 million. There are, however, forced...
International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

  Istanbul, 10 July 2016 Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign At the conclusion of this year’s annual conference of World Heritage Watch in Istanbul, civil society organizations presented their list of resolutions. These have been announced in a press conference and will be submitted to the World Heritage Committee (WHC). The resolutions...
Iraqi youth in action to protect the Tigris River

Iraqi youth in action to protect the Tigris River

Protecting the Tigris River of Iraq: this will be the main objective for a new group of committed youth activists from Baghdad and Southern Iraq as they developed plans to support of the Save the Tigris Campaign. During a training in Erbil from 26-27 June, they discussed together with other Iraqi as well as international...
Save the Tigris Campaign workshop in Erbil upcoming!

Save the Tigris Campaign workshop in Erbil upcoming!

From June 26-27, the Save the Tigris Campaign will conduct a training for Iraqi youth environmental activists in Erbil. A group of around 25 activists from Baghdad and South Iraq will fly into the city and attend a two day-workshop organized by the Save the Tigris Campaign. International activists from the UK, Turkey, Netherlands –...
Will Iraq's wetlands join World Heritage List?

Will Iraq’s wetlands join World Heritage List?

Omar Sattar, Published by Al-Monitor, June 17 2016 BAGHDAD — The archaeological sites of Ur, Eridu and Uruk as well as the Iraqi marshlands are under consideration for UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting to be held July 10-20 in Turkey, where the UNESCO member states will vote on adding new sites to World List. In...