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Local Forums Across Iraq Celebrate World River and Water Days

Local Forums Across Iraq Celebrate World River and Water Days

Arabic | عربي On 14 March of  every year, millions of people around the world raise their voices to highlight those struggling to protect the earth’s rivers for World Rivers Day, and on 22 March, they turn their attention to all the world’s water for World Water Day. This year, local social forums joined with...
"Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia" - Final Declaration 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum

“Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia” – Final Declaration 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum

Arabic | عربي Herewith the final declaration of the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum, which was held on April 6-8, 2019 in Sulaimani (Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. More than 180 water activists from the Mesopotamia region and other countries gathered for the 3-day forum at Sulaimani University. Several civil society organizations from all...
Iraq Fears Bevy of Levees Will Mean Parched Years Ahead

Iraq Fears Bevy of Levees Will Mean Parched Years Ahead

Omar Sattar, Al-Monitor, 5 April 2019 BAGHDAD — Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the largest dams in Iraq, the threat of drought persists. Turkey is now taking the necessary steps to fill its controversial Ilisu Dam, while Iran continues to cut off tributaries of the rivers flowing...
Diyala Social Forum Installs Informational Signs to Prevent Pollution in Khraissan River

Diyala Social Forum Installs Informational Signs to Prevent Pollution in Khraissan River

English | انجليزي The Diyala Social Forum has begun efforts to address these pollution problems in their province. Pointing to the pollution of the Khraissan River, the Diyala Social Forum created a working group to study solutions that could be implemented to reduce this pollution. An urgent meeting was held to review opinions and plans,...
Letter of support from the European Water Movement to the Mesopotamian Water Forum

Letter of support from the European Water Movement to the Mesopotamian Water Forum

Arabic | عربي With this letter, the members and allies of the European Water Movement express their support and solidarity to the people organizing the Mesopotamian Water Forum, a civil society forum on the alternative management of Euphrates and Tigris rivers and their tributaries in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that will take place between...
The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching - A Landmark Event!

The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching – A Landmark Event!

عربي | Arabic Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 3 April 2019 The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, historic lifelines of Mesopotamia, stretch across the states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. In past decades these rivers have faced environmental degradation and politicization through large dams, river diversions and unsustainable management at the expense of the peoples...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?

Arabic | عربي From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a...
Will Iraq Lose Its Benefits From Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?

Will Iraq Lose Its Benefits From Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?

Arabic | عربي Al-Monitor Omar al-Jaffal Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Baghdad March 11 to endorse the two countries’ renewed commitment to the 1975 Algiers Agreement regarding the shared border of the Shatt al-Arab River. The agreement has sat idle for decades, as Iraq has attempted to evade what it sees as unfair terms. However, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi...
As World Water Day Approaches, Tigris Protectors Highlight Iraq’s Water Challenges

As World Water Day Approaches, Tigris Protectors Highlight Iraq’s Water Challenges

Arabic | عربي 22 March marks World Water Day, when millions of people around the world raise their voices each year to highlight those struggling to protect rivers and waters. In Baghdad, the Tigris River Protectors Association, in collaboration with the Arts for Peace team, organized an event on Mutannabi Street on 15 March to...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a society-wide coalition for...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Exploring New Basin-Wide Alternatives to Dam Construction in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Exploring New Basin-Wide Alternatives to Dam Construction in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Arabic | عربي From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a...
Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

Arabic | عربي   +++ Mesopotamia Ecology Movement +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam Press Release, 19.12.2018 On the evening of the 13th December 2018 one of the three spillway gates of the Dicle Dam at the Tigris River in Turkish-Kurdistan has broken....