Welcome to the page of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign!

Visit our website: www.savethetigris.org

This page provides a general outline of the campaign. For full news and articles, please click on “Save the Tigris and Marshes” in the Quick Overview Menu on the right or visit our independent website.

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Who we are: Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes is a civil society advocacy campaign, to save and protect the heritage and water resources of Mesopotamia from the impact of large dams and other mega projects, and to promote sustainable management of the Tigris River and its tributaries.

Our Challenge: The campaign seeks to link groups and movements concerned with the adverse impacts of megaprojects on the Tigris and Euphrates. We advocate for policies that secure the sustainable and equitable use of water for all who live in the region. Our campaign believes a paradigm shift is necessary: instead of being a source of rivalry, water could be force for peace and cooperation between all the countries and peoples of the Tigris-Euphrates basin.

Objectives of the Campaign: The campaign works to promote alternatives to megaprojects on the Tigris River and its tributaries, to promote water courses as a tool for sustainable peace between different communities, to preserve the cultural heritage along the Tigris River, to raise awareness on river pollution. The campaign develops advocacy and awareness activities that involve all relevant actors: local communities; civil society organisations; media; national and local institutions; societies of experts and intellectuals; research centres; universities and others.

Read/download our Terms of Reference (updated: May 2017)

The current members of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign:

Iraq: Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)Iraqi People’s Campaign to Save the Tigris, Tammuz Organization for Social Development, All Mesalla, Iraqi Social Forum, Ma’aluma (Information Center), Humat Dijla, Waterkeepers Iraq

Turkey: Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Hasankeyf Matters Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive

Iran: Alpine Club of Iran/Mountain Watch

Syria: DOZ

International: Un Ponte Per… (Italy), Corner House (UK), Gegenstroemung/Countercurrent (Germany), Environmental Defenders Law Center (US), Association for Water and Forest Studies/FIVAS (Norway)


Workshop in Erbil, June 2016.


Ways you can get involved

  • Visit our website: www.savethetigris.org
  • You can join the campaign as an organization or individual
  • Read about the impact of the Ilisu Dam and the threats other large dams pose to Iraq. Our aim is to make this information easily available. Go to our Resources and Documents page.
  • Stay up to date with Latest News about our actions and about the  Tigris River
  • You can like and share our Campaign Page on Facebook and share it with friends
  • Watch and share our Youtube video to promote the preservation of the Marshes. Also available in Arabic.
  • Follow our Twitter hash-tag: #Save_Tigris

Contact the Steering Committee for any further inquiries. Send an email to the Campaign Coordinator: coordinator.en@savethetigris.org

If you would like to have the information on this page in Arabic, you can also use the following link: عربي 


* Watch the following video, published by our campaign; “The Iraqi Marshes: Beauty and Civilization in Danger”.

* Climate Change in Iraq: A Map of Climate Change in Iraq, look to the different climate change challenges that Iraq faces.The following map is part of an effort to map climate change impacts in Iraq. It shows different Iraqi cities and the corresponding climate change challenges. It contains pictures as well as other links to reports and additional information from different sources. (Note: To see the map in full screen, please click on the upper right square)

Marsh Arabs protest against Ilisu Dam in Hasankeyf, Turkey, May 2012

Marsh Arabs protest against Ilisu Dam in Hasankeyf, Turkey, May 2012.