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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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Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

Vision Water security for all, and water and sanitation services that reach every home and supply every industry. Water and Sanitation Today and in 2020  We are fortunate to have water resources throughout our Region, including such rivers as the Tigris, the Great Zab, the Little Zab, the Khabur, the Sirwan, and the Awa Sipi, along with...
Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

PRESS RELEASE: May 12, 2015 Iraq faces a growing water emergency. Frequent water shortages, due to chronic mismanagement, have intensified into a complex crisis. Daesh is using Iraq’s water supply to pressure local communities. It has taken control of the water infrastructure in several locations and is using war tactics, including flooding and cutting off...
A New Chapter in Iraqi-Turkish Transboundary Water Relations

A New Chapter in Iraqi-Turkish Transboundary Water Relations

Assist. Prof. Vakur Sümer, ORSAM Advisor, Selçuk University Several weeks after the resignation of previous Iraqi administration in August, Turkish President Erdoğan and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum met on September 23, 2014 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The main aim of this talk was to revitalize Iraqi-Turkish relations with the new Haider al-Abadi government of Iraq which was...
Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Prior to the Save the Tigris Campaign Strategy Meeting, 9-11 May, Erbil, Iraq The current political and security crisis in Iraq has aggravated the water crisis in Iraq. The water situation is more complex than ever. That is why the Save the Tigris Campaign redefined its vision and goals at the ICSSI Conference in Oslo...
Iraq Calls for the Establishment of Strategic Projects for all Tigris and Euphrates Countries

Iraq Calls for the Establishment of Strategic Projects for all Tigris and Euphrates Countries

Shafaq News On Wednesday, Iraq called for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to be the foundation of joint cooperation projects for the basin countries through strategic investment projects. As reported by Shafaq News, according to a statement by the Ministry of Water Resources the minister Mohsen Al-Shammari attended the fifth steering committee meeting of the...
Ilisu Dam Protest Close to The Dam Site!

Ilisu Dam Protest Close to The Dam Site!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman / Turkey – 29.03.2015 Today more than 500 people have protested the destructive Ilisu Dam project in the town of Dargecit. The demonstrators aimed at protesting at the dam site, but were prevented by the police. The protestors came from different dam affected provinces in order to protest the...
How much longer can the water crisis be neglected?

How much longer can the water crisis be neglected?

Updating the Save Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign- March 2015 The water crisis in the Middle East region is aggravating, turning from a shortage of water resources and chronic mismanagement into a complex crisis, due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. Terrorist organization Daesh has used water as a weapon of war...
Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 16.02.2015 Ilisu Dam construction site militarized With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave political tensions and human rights...
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....