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Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Arabic | عربي Laith Alobaidi – Nature Iraq / Humat Dijlah The Hawizeh Marshes form a large part of the famous Mesopotamian marshlands and southern Iraq, east of Tigris River on the Iraqi-Iranian border, shared between Iraq and Iran with the Iranian marshes known as Hor Al-Azim. They make up the largest wetland in this...
What Was Not Destroyed by Drought is Now Burned by Fire

What Was Not Destroyed by Drought is Now Burned by Fire

Arabic | عربي   Humat Dijlah, 7/8/2018   As aresult of drought and water scarcity in the marshes, fire continues to spread over large areas of al-Huwaizah Marsh in Maisan Governorate in Southern Iraq, ravaging the natural area. Environmental activist Ahmed Saleh Neema, based in Maisan, explained the fire started in the pond of Um Alneaj...
Experts: Water Drought is One of Three Crises Threatening Iran

Experts: Water Drought is One of Three Crises Threatening Iran

Shafaaq News \ Iran is approaching a phase of water drought, and the possibility of returning to normal water levels is nearly impossible This is what independent experts say, as confirmed by the Vice President of Iran, the President of the Environment Organization, Issa Kalantri, and an official responsible for the revival of Lake Oromieh,...
Environmental Threats, Lack of Water, Poor Job Opportunities and Declining Social Benefits Produce Massive Protests in Southern Iraq

Environmental Threats, Lack of Water, Poor Job Opportunities and Declining Social Benefits Produce Massive Protests in Southern Iraq

Iraqi civil Society Solidarity Initiative  18th July 2018  Iraqis have been demonstrating for days in immense protests across southern Iraq—in Basra, Nasiriyah, Amarah, Kut, Karbala and Najaf—demanding basic services and rights, including water, electricity, and jobs. The frequency of demonstrations targeting oil fields, ports and airports, and the headquarters of political parties has mounted in...
Arab Coordination Group Established Within World Heritage Watch

Arab Coordination Group Established Within World Heritage Watch

  Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain, June 25th, 2018 In the margins of the 5th International Civil Society Forum on World Heritage which was organized by the World Heritage Watch (WHW), and took place in Manama 2018, and at the kind invitation of Dr. Essa Amin and Dr. Abdul Aziz Ali Sweileh, the representatives of...
From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

Save the Tigris Campaign   After Iraqis celebrated the inclusion of their marshes on UNESCO’s World Heritage List two years ago in July 2016, it was expected that a new stage of recovery and prosperity throughout all of the Iraqi marshlands would begin, that this international recognition would end years of neglect and resulting environmental...
World Heritage Watch Resolution On Water Infrastructure Threatening World Heritage

World Heritage Watch Resolution On Water Infrastructure Threatening World Heritage

The 5th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk Manama, Bahrain 22 – 23 June 2018 Prior to the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, 24 June – 4 July 2018 **** We, the Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 5th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at...
UNESCO Needs to Recognize the Upstream Dam Threats to the Iraqi Marshes – We Call to Work With Independent Civil Society!

UNESCO Needs to Recognize the Upstream Dam Threats to the Iraqi Marshes – We Call to Work With Independent Civil Society!

Statement by World Heritage Watch/Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 23 June 2018, World Heritage Watch Civil Society Forum, prior to the 42nd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee *** We, the Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 5th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk organized by World Heritage Watch...
Multi-Billion Dollar Budget Needed To Keep Iraq’s Water Flowing

Multi-Billion Dollar Budget Needed To Keep Iraq’s Water Flowing

Ibrahim Saleh, NIQASH, 14 June 2018 In Baghdad, locals have been fretting about dramatic falls in the level of the Tigris river. The government has a plan. Only problem is, that plan requires billions in funding that Iraq does not have. The passengers in the small bus all peer out anxiously as the vehicle crosses...
Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir Has Not Yet Started – Drought in Iraq Has Other Reasons

Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir Has Not Yet Started – Drought in Iraq Has Other Reasons

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Hasankeyf Matters Press statement Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir has not yet started – Drought in Iraq has other reasons 11.06.2018 On June 1, 2018 news began to circulate that the impoundment of the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of the...
As Summer Approaches and Ilisu Dam Goes Into Operation, Iraq's Water Crisis Intensifies

As Summer Approaches and Ilisu Dam Goes Into Operation, Iraq’s Water Crisis Intensifies

“Significant quantities of water will continue to flow to Iraq,” the ambassador of Turkey to Iraq, Fatih Yildiz, tried to reassured Iraqis on Tuesday. Over the course of last week, the Tigris River saw an alarming reduction in water levels across the country, and this was blamed on Turkish dam construction upstream. Fearing a major...
New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign   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 in recent times and...