These are the latest campaign updates and news articles.

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives against their own countries’ rights, […]

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Open Letter to Bresser Eurasia and Er-Bu İnşaat

+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, Iraq +++ Humat Dijla, Iraq+++ Movement for the Protection of Aracthos River, Greece +++ Ecological collective of Irakleio, Greece +++ Friends of the Earth, Greece […]

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Water as a force for peace

The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water […]

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Protests in Iranian city where “Everything is covered in brown dust”

TEHRAN — Days of protests over dust storms, power failures and government mismanagement in one of Iran’s most oil-rich cities subsided on Sunday after security forces declared all demonstrations illegal. Residents of Ahvaz, a city with a majority Arab population near the border with Iraq, had been protesting for five days in increasingly large gatherings, […]

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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.