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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...
Swimming Expedition calls for Protection of Lake Dukan

Swimming Expedition calls for Protection of Lake Dukan

Dukan Lake in Sulaymaniyah Governorate is one of the most popular picnick spots in the Kurdistan Region. The cost to the environment however is high: picnickers leave behind rubbish,a lot of which goes directly into the lake. Others use the lake as a car washing spot, while water is being pumped to houses on the...
Iraqi Activists Stand in Solidarity with the People of Hasankeyf

Iraqi Activists Stand in Solidarity with the People of Hasankeyf

In more than 15 cities across the world, on the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf (23 September), actions were organized to protest against the Ilisu Dam, the controversial dam being built on the Tigris River which will have disastrous consequences for the ancient town of Hasankeyf. Earlier this year, in the town the Zeynel Bey,...
Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Initiative to keep Hasankeyf Alive, 30 August 2017 We call activists, social movements, NGO’s and all others in the world to join the second global action day for the defense of Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on 23rd September 2017! It is under threat by the Ilisu Project; lets protest this one of most controversial...
Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives - Destruction Enters New Phase

Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives – Destruction Enters New Phase

Press release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive 21 August 2017   With the demolition of human formed rocks through explosives in Hasankeyf, the destruction of this 12.000 years old town at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey has entered a new phase. Hasankeyf, more than 300 archaeological sites, 136 km...
A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for a Regional Water Forum

A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for a Regional Water Forum

Following a strategy meeting in April 2017 with river activists from Iraq, Turkey and Iran, Save the Tigris Campaign announced a regional water forum will be organized in April 2018 in the city of Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) with participants from across Mesopotamia. Preparing for this occasion, Humat Dijlah and the Iraqi Social Forum organized a training...
Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran - A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran – A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Press statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 1 August 2017 Recently, dams have been seriously affecting the water courses of Iraq. The shared rivers of Iraq have seen decreases in water flows due to Iranian dams. In June, the Iraqi-Kurdish border region experienced large cuts in water flows of the Little...
Lessons Not Learned: Turkey's Ilisu Dam

Lessons Not Learned: Turkey’s Ilisu Dam

A report published by International Displacement Monitoring Centre, Published 18 July 2017 “Case study series dam displacement“ This series addresses a gap in awareness and knowledge about people internally displaced by dam construction. Read the full report here. The Ilisu hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river in south-east Turkey is Europe’s largest dam project under...
Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Maaz Farhan, NIQASH, 19/07/2017 Iraqi Kurdistan could have a serious water problem by 2025, authorities say. One Sulaymaniyah man is using his skills as an artist and video maker to highlight pollution in local waterways. Even the fish don’t get to swim where they want to in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Nabil Musa, a 40-year-old local...
After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

This week, a group of protesters demonstrated near the Iranian Consulate in Sulaymaniyah. Their issue: Iranian dams that have stemmed the water flows to the Kurdistan Region. The particular reason is the construction of the hydro-electric Sardasht Dam in Iran. Starting from June 23 2017 this Dam had lead to a reduction of 80% in...
The Border Wetlands of Iran-Iraq: an Environmental Crisis with Regional Consequences

The Border Wetlands of Iran-Iraq: an Environmental Crisis with Regional Consequences

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign For years experts have warned of the destructive impact of Iran’s policies of river flow alterations on the southeastern provinces of Iraq. In 2012 the UK-based International Centre of Development Studies in a report argued the environmental effects will be huge, and even Iranian officials...
Protest against Bresser at its Dutch Headquarters: Withdraw from Relocation of Hasankeyf Monuments

Protest against Bresser at its Dutch Headquarters: Withdraw from Relocation of Hasankeyf Monuments

+++ DEM-NED (Council of Communities from Kurdistan in Netherlands) +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkish-Kurdistan +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Humat Dijla, Iraq +++ Mountain Watch, Iran +++ BankTrack, NL ++++ CounterCurrent, Germany +++ The Corner House, UK +++ Press...