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Save The Tigris

Read about the Mesopotamian Water Forum, an alternative civil society forum for water in the Mesopotamia region, coordinated by Save the Tigris

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We are a civil society advocacy platform aiming to promote water justice in the Mesopotamian basin. Save the Tigris seeks to link groups and movements from Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran concerned with the protection of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Our platform provides international solidarity and supports the exchange of knowledge. We advocate for policies that secure ecological justice including the equitable and democratic use of water for all who live in the Mesopotamian region, promoting water as a tool for peace.

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Building More Large Dams Threatens Southern Iraq and Increases Drought and Water Scarcity: No More False Solutions

Statement by Save the Tigris – Amsterdam, April 15, 2022 Our concern is growing over the Iraqi governments’ persistence and insistence on building more large dams on the…

Reviving Rivers Through Community Based Action – An Exchange of Views in the Context of North East Syria

Save the Tigris together with the Water4Rojava Committee on 11 April 2022 co-organised a community-to-community dialogue between Rajasthan, India and Northeast Syria on the topic of water harvesting…

After 2 Years of Pandemic, Save the Tigris Activists Gather and Strategize in Sulaymaniyah!

For the first time since the start of the global Covid-19 crisis, core activists of Save the Tigris met in Iraq for a strategic meeting, with the intention…

Stop Water Wars! Do Not Weaponize Dams and Other Critical Infrastructure

Save The Tigris strongly condemns President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with Russians opposed to the war. We uphold…

Iraqi Water Week (14-22 March): Iraq’s water situation continues to deteriorate, with devastating impacts on lives and livelihoods for thousands of Iraqis

NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq 20 March 2022 As World Water Day 2022 approaches on 22 March, a group of 13 Iraqi and international civil society organizations call…

Water for Rojava Report From the International Water Forum in Hasakah, NE Syria, 27-28 September 2021

This report was prepared by the Water for Rojava Europe Committee for sharing information about the International Water Forum that took place in Hasakah, North-East Syria in September,…

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Into Thin Air: New Report by Save the Tigris Examines Evaporation Losses From Dam Reservoirs in Iraq

Save the Tigris have published an original research report on evaporation losses from dam reservoirs in Iraq. Water stored behind dams can actually cause an overall loss of water due to high evaporation rates during the summer months. Despite its major impacts, this phenomenon has been under-reported in policy debates and research. Our report examines the impact of the evaporation on stored water in Iraq, with estimates of evaporation losses of dam reservoirs.

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