These are the latest campaign updates and news articles.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Who we are

The Save the Tigris Campaign seeks to link groups and movements concerned with the adverse impacts of dams and other development projects in the Tigris and Euphrates basin.

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.

Save the Tigris Campaign Archives

Below section is an archive of resources. Read more about our partners, and find all documents related to the Save the Tigris Campaign. The last section is a collection of reports, papers and videos on the impact of large dams, the Tigris river and Iraqi Marshes in general.

Support us

There are many ways to get involved in the campaign. Take action!

Donate now via this page to support the campaign. Your donation must be made through the Italian NGO Un Ponte Per… and will serve the campaign.

You can join the campaign as an individual or organisation, or in case of inquiries contact the campaign. Send an email to

Read about the impact of the Ilisu and other large dams and the threat they pose to Iraq. Our aim is to make this information easily available. Go to our Resources and Documents page

Stay up-to-date by reading about the latest campaign activities and news articles on our website.

Like and share our Campaign Page on Facebook.

Use the hashtag #Save_Tigris on Twitter and Facebook.

Watch and share our Youtube video to promote the preservation of the Marshes. See our channel for other videos

Our photoalbum includes pictures of our activities.