These are the latest campaign updates and news articles.

Swimming Expedition calls for Protection of Lake Dukan

Dukan Lake in Sulaymaniyah Governorate is one of the most popular picnick spots in the Kurdistan Region. The cost to the environment however is high: picnickers leave behind rubbish,a lot of which goes directly into the lake. Others use the lake as a car washing spot, while water is being pumped to houses on the […]

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Iraqi activists stand in solidarity with the people of Hasankeyf

In more than 15 cities across the world on the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf on 23 September actions were organized to protest against Ilisu Dam, the controversial dam being built on the Tigris River with disastrous consequences for the ancient town of Hasankeyf. Earlier this year in the town the Zeynel Bey Tomb and […]

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Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Initiative to keep Hasankeyf Alive, 30 August 2017 We call activists, social movements, NGO’s and all others in the world to join the second global action day for the defense of Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on 23rd September 2017! It is under threat by the Ilisu Project; lets protest this one of most controversial […]

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Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives – Destruction Enters New Phase

Press release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive 21 August 2017   With the demolition of human formed rocks through explosives in Hasankeyf, the destruction of this 12.000 years old town at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey has entered a new phase. Hasankeyf, more than 300 archaeological sites, 136 km […]

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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.