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Save the Tigris and Marshes
Iraqi Water Activists Bond in the Marshlands While on a North-South Exchange

Iraqi Water Activists Bond in the Marshlands While on a North-South Exchange

A unique North-South exchange between Iraqi and Kurdish water activists took place in the framework of Save the Tigris Campaign from 23-27 March 2018 in Southern Iraq. A Kurdish delegation upon invitation by fellow Iraqi activists from the South toured the marshlands of Iraq, and met with local youth, activists and tribal leaders. For some...
Facing Eviction, Merchants Decry Turkey Dam Project

Facing Eviction, Merchants Decry Turkey Dam Project

Diego Cupolo, Deutsche Welle, 10 April 2018 Merut Tekin comes from a long line of merchants in southeast Turkey. From as far back as anyone can remember, his family has run shops in Hasankeyf, an ancient Silk Road trading post on the banks of the Tigris River. Neolithic caves line the surrounding cliffs, atop which...
Iraq Without Rivers: Disaster Becomes a Reality

Iraq Without Rivers: Disaster Becomes a Reality

Humat Dijlah – Iraqi member organization of Save the Tigris Campaign From 19 – 26 January 2018, in six different Iraqi cities, young activists and environmentalists organized art exhibitions in response to the tragic drought caused by low water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The activists aimed to bring needed attention to the...
New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

Statement by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, 27 February 2018 A new report has been published by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign on the impact of Tigris River pollution in Baghdad, which is reaching a peak levels today. The water quality of the Tigris River, lifeline of the city, has deteriorated...
Postponement of Ilisu Dam Reservoir is Not a Success!

Postponement of Ilisu Dam Reservoir is Not a Success!

Statement by Humat Dijlah Baghdad, January 2018 With great concern we are following the decreasing water supply to the Tigris River — a problem which has the potential to create an environmental catastrophe in Iraq in the near future. We are particularly worried following statements made by the Iraqi government in response to a cable...
Iraqi Youth Discover the Ahwar of Iraq World Heritage in the Third Youth Camp of Humat Dijlah

Iraqi Youth Discover the Ahwar of Iraq World Heritage in the Third Youth Camp of Humat Dijlah

For the third year in row, Iraqi youth learned about Iraqi heritage in the annual youth camp in Chibayish Marshes in Dhi Qar Governorate, Southern Iraq. This camp is an annual event organized by Humat Dijlah and the Mashufna Cultural Center. Participants were young activists from the cities of Baghdad, Najaf, Hit, Nasiriyah and Diwaniyah to...
Iraqis Fear Earthquakes, Terrorism Could Lead to Dam Catastrophe

Iraqis Fear Earthquakes, Terrorism Could Lead to Dam Catastrophe

Adnan Abu Zeed, Al-Monitor, 4 December 2017 BAGHDAD — International experts arrived in Baghdad Nov. 21 to assess the damage caused to the Darbandikhan Dam, southeast of Sulaimaniyah, as a result of the earthquake that hit Iraq and Iran on Nov. 12. Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi told the media a day prior to...
Tanjero: the Struggle to Clean Up a Neglected River

Tanjero: the Struggle to Clean Up a Neglected River

For years in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan waste has been dumped at a site close to the Tanjero River in the Tanjero area of the city. The site has been used by the municipality as well as industries to dump garbage, oil and other toxic materials. It has severely polluted the local...
Participate in Save the Tigris Program of the Fourth Iraqi Social Forum!

Participate in Save the Tigris Program of the Fourth Iraqi Social Forum!

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes – Baghdad  Less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the 4th Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad, the Save the Tigris campaign is in the final stages of planning for a series of workshops and information booth at this year’s gathering of civil society from across Iraq. Save...
Nature Based Solutions to Big Dams Can Help the Mesopotamian Region and the World

Nature Based Solutions to Big Dams Can Help the Mesopotamian Region and the World

Bonn, Germany – 11 November 2017 During a session of the COP23 on “Managing water scarcity for agriculture”, the Save the Tigris campaign posed a question to Mr. Olcay Ünver, the Deputy Director of Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): “Don’t you think that it’s time to state...
Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and Tigris Basin

Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and Tigris Basin

++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Hasankeyf Matters +++ Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and the Tigris Basin 30 Oct 2017 Announcement Environmental and heritage destruction have accelerated in Turkey’s historic city of Hasankeyf as crews work day and night, seven days a week to collapse vulnerable portions of the cliffs ringing the town and...
The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The inscription in 2016 of the Marshlands into the UNESCO World Heritage List was an important milestone for Iraq, which would not have been possible without strong efforts of civil society across Iraq, and involvement of communities and local authorities. This is a success story that we believe can be extended across other issues in...