These are the latest campaign updates and news articles.


Current developments in the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey

By Ercan Ayboga, December 2016 The construction of the Ilisu Dam and HEPP (Hydro-Electric Projects) still continues, currently with an unknown number of workers (probably hundreds). According to a 26 November 2016 statement of Ali Fuat Eker, director of the 16th region of the DSI (State Water Works), 85 % of the project has been […]

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In Halabja, the struggle against Daryan Dam continues

With the completion of the Daryan Dam immenent, civil society in the city of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan held a special seminar to discuss the negative impacts of this Iranian-built dam on the Sirwan River. Taking place on 19 December 2016, the seminar was organized by Al-Mesalla in cooperation with Civil Organisation for Individual Awareness, […]

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Youth activists camp in the Iraqi Marshes

The Save the Tigris Campaign continues to work and campaign for the Iraqi Marshes. This time an activity took place in the heart of the Iraqi Marshlands at Chibayish, where a camp was organized, now an annual tradition of the campaign. It included 20 young, male and female water and environmental activists from Baghdad, Nasiriyah […]

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Water Wars: Iranian Dam Threatens Iraqi Kurdistan’s Legendary Sirwan River

Salam Handani – Niqash When neighbouring Iran tested their new dam recently, levels on an important Iraqi Kurdish river dropped four meters. Locals fear when the dam is completed, the water will dry up altogether. The Sirwan River in northern Iraq is an important part of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan’s history and heritage; […]

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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.