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The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Humat Dijlah Association held a number of meetings with local officials and activists from Dhi Qar and Nasiriyah governorates on 10 May. ISF hoped to strengthen their relationships with civil society and activists in the province, especially as the governorate suffers from a range of social and environmental issues. ISF...
Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

The Humat Dijlah team*, in cooperation with the Iraqi Touch Group, recently organized a 3-day training workshop on the issue of recycling. More than 18 young men and women attended, and discussed various topics relating to waste recycling and other environmental issues, such as water conservation, pollution reduction and the over-consumption of natural resources. Some...
Iraq Fears Famed Marshes Could Be Pulled from World Heritage List

Iraq Fears Famed Marshes Could Be Pulled from World Heritage List

Hassan al-Shanoun, Al-Monitor The Iraqi government is committed to keeping the Mesopotamian Marshes on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in the southern part of the country, the marshes were added to UNESCO’s list in July 2016. Previously listed Iraqi World Heritage sites are the city of Ashur, the city of Hatra, the Erbil Citadel and the city of...
Water Activists Meet Privately with the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al-Janabi

Water Activists Meet Privately with the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al-Janabi

Activists from the Save the Tigris Campaign, Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijla were invited to meet with Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al Janabi, in Baghdad. They discussed shared concerns of civil society and the government on water issues. The minister expressed his satisfaction with Iraqi youth and civil society’s interest in...
Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

By Ercan Ayboga, Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Yesterday local sources reported that the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf, which has been encased in a concrete foundation, has now been lifted from its original foundation. According to local reports, the tomb will be moved today (Friday), the DSI (the State Hydraulic Works), which is responsible...
"Our Marshes", First Civil Society Coalition to Protect the Iraqi Marshes

“Our Marshes”, First Civil Society Coalition to Protect the Iraqi Marshes

The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijlah Association The unknown fate that prevailed the image of the Iraqi marshlands future after its inclusion in the list of world heritage, have made those who are interested in the case of marshlands worried. Therefore, a number of civil society organizations, activists and academics concerned about the marshes...
Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon: Stop Land Degradation in West of Iran

Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon: Stop Land Degradation in West of Iran

Petition to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, by the People’s Campaign to Suppor the Kind Zagros in Iran, to protect the Iranian side of the Mespotamian Marshlands, known as Hoor al-Azim in Iran (fed by teh Karkeh River) **** Dear Mr. Secretary-General With great respect, we would like to inform you that,...
Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Increasingly water resources are becoming a source of conflict in the region of Mesopotamia. Rivers have become strategic assets over which states and other actors wage war: water is being used for political purposes. From its inception, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign has...
Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses [1] The 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses consists of three main sections: the preamble, the articles of the Convention and an annex to the arbitration clause. The preamble The preamble paragraphs provide an important...
The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

Ali Alkarkhi, Humat Dijla On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Rivers (14th of March) and the World Water Day (22nd of March) the fifth anniversary of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign – launched five years ago – was celebrated. The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijla Assocation organized...
Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Ismaeel Dawood Introduction To change the position of Iraqi authorities on the issue of shared water resources from non-commitment to solid defense on the basis of international law is a process that still needs a very long time. However, positive developments are currently taken place. The article published in March 2017 about the comments of...
The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives against their own countries’ rights,...