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Save The Tigris Campaign

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We are a civil society advocacy campaign aiming to save and protect the heritage and water resources of Mesopotamia from the impact of large dams and pollution, and to promote sustainable management of the Tigris River and its tributaries within a framework of environmental peacebuilding. Save the Tigris Campaign seeks to link groups and movements from Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran concerned with the protection of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Our network provides international solidarity and supports the exchange of knowledge and experiences to work on common objectives. We advocate for policies that secure the sustainable and equitable use of water for all who live in the Mesopotamian region, promoting water as a tool for peace.

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10Sep
Volunteers in Anbar Address Environmental Degradation of the Euphrates River

Ramadi in Anbar Governorate is one of 10 cities part of the environmental monitoring network of Humat Dijlah, partner organisation of Save the Tigris. Ramadi, largest city of…

9Sep
As Its Rivers Shrink, Iraq Thirsts For Regional Cooperation

This article was originally published by Reuters on 8 September 2021. The original can be found here. By Charlotte Bruneau and Ahmed Rasheed HALABJA, Iraq — “Where we are standing right now,…

26Jul
UNESCO World Heritage Committee Adopts The Decision on the Ahwar of Iraq

On July 23 the 44th Session of the World Heritage Committee unanimously approved a new Decision on the Ahwar of Iraq, the World Heritage property which includes the…

17Jul
LSE Conflict Research Programme releases report on Basra water crisis

Below is the Executive Summary of Failing Flows: Water Management in Southern Iraq by Azhar al-Rubaie, Michael Mason, and Zainab Mehd published by the London School of Economics’s…

16Jul
Governments Must Take Their Commitment to the World Heritage More Seriously

Press Release by World Heritage Watch, 16 July 2021 Prior to the 44th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, 16-31 July 2021 As the annual session of…

10Jul
Law Enforcement in the Iraqi Marshes: How Local Campaigners Are Working to Protect the Marshlands’ Biodiversity

The Central Marshes of Chibayish, located in Dhi Qar Governorate, Southern Iraq, suffer from great neglect at all levels despite being a World Heritage Site. Successive Iraq governments…

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New Report by Save the Tigris Reviews the Dam Construction Policies of the Kurdistan Region

Documenting the KRG’s dam construction practices, Save the Tigris has has published the report “Damming the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Structural gaps in the KRG dam construction policies”, to share information on the development of dam infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region. We aim to provide an alternative view on the generally supposed social and economic benefits of dams, and shed a light on the high costs for humans and environment.

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