One year ago in April 2019, the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum was held in Sulaymaniyah, in the Kurdistan Region of...
Save the Tigris And Iraqi Marshes
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 other mega projects, and to promote sustainable management of the Tigris River and its tributaries.
Mesopotamia faces the following challenges:
- Construction of large dams on the Tigris and its tributaries, in particular Ilisu Dam in Turkey and Daryan Dam in Iran
- The use of watercourses and water-related infrastructure as a weapon and tool for achieving political hegemony
- Threats to cultural heritage along the Tigris River, in the face of water scarcity
- Water pollution and unsustainable management of water resources
Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes 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. Our advocacy and awareness activities involve all relevant actors: local communities; civil society organisations; media; national and local institutions; societies of experts and intellectuals; research centres; universities and others.
These are the latest campaign updates and news articles
STJ, 27 March 2020 – Repeated cuts of the Alok Station’s water place the life of about 600,000 persons within...
Open letter to the Government of Turkey, the Suppliers to the Ilısu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project, and the...