These are the latest campaign updates and news articles.

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 […]

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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, […]

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“Our Marshlands”, The First Iraqi Gathering of of the Marshes Civil Society Coalition

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 the Iraqi Marshes is an advocacy campaign that was started in March 2012 by a coalition of civil society organizations from Iraq, Turkey and Iran. The campaign is part of an international effort to Save the World Heritage on the Tigris River from the impacts of the Ilisu Dam, a hydroelectric project being constructed on the Tigris River by the Turkish government.

Our Challenge: The campaign seeks to link groups and movements concerned with the adverse impacts of dams and other development projects 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 and we oppose the privatization and commodification of water supplies and natural resources.

Objectives of the Campaign: The campaign works to draw attention to the negative impact of large dams on the Mesopotamian heritage in Iraq and the region, and to develop 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.