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This page features the latest news and articles on the Tigris-Euphrates basin. For a list of Save the Tigris activities, please click here.
20May
Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on Ashur, the Ahwar, and Makhoul Dam: Civil Society Concerns and Requests

The Government of Iraq has reinitiated work to expand Makhoul Dam which threatens the Ashur and Ahwar World Heritage Properties and over one hundred cultural and archaeological sites…

17May
Climate Shifts and Rising Demand Leave Turkey Battling Growing Water Stress

by Jennifer Hattam | @TheTurkishLife | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 10 May 2021 Original article here. Population growth, urbanisation, climate change and – critics say – poor water…

15May
Current Reality of Iranian Water Policies: A Q&A Seminar

On 1 May 2021, Save the Tigris held an online seminar in which members of the People’s Campaign to Save the Kind Zagros of Iran, a long-time supporter…

9May
Catastrophic Decline of Euphrates River Water Level

Under hashtag #الفرات_ينحسر (the Euphrates declines), Syrians have been sharing photos of the water level of the Euphrates river on social media, showing how parts in along the…

5May
How Iraq’s Race for Water Security Impacts Cultural Heritage and Environment

By Harry Istepanian and Noam Raydan Iraq Energy, 5 May 2021 Iraq is pressing ahead with a controversial dam project that threatens to flood the remains of the…

4May
Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on Fourth State of Conservation Report by the State Party of Iraq on the Ahwar: Civil Society Concerns and Requests

In 2016, the Iraqi Marshes were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Ahwar. Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee reviews reports on…

17Apr
Call to Stop Dam Construction and Inter-Basin Water Transfer Projects to Save Local Communities and Preserve Ecosystems

Statement on the International Day of Action Against Water Transfer, “Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Day” By People’s Campaign to Save the Kind Zagros, Iran, 17 April 2021 (28 Farvardin…

13Apr
Iranian Environmentalists Mark International Day Against Water Transfer

By the People’s Campaign to Save the Kind Zagros, supporter of Save the Tigris Campaign Iranian environmentalists annually celebrate the International Day Against Water Transfer on 17 April,…

22Mar
Message from Humat Dijlah and Save the Tigris on the Occasion of World Water Day

Today the world celebrates World Water Day, representing a global opportunity to review water resource management policies and our consumption of the most important natural resource associated with…

13Mar
Water Shortage Crisis Escalating Between Turkey, Iraq and Syria

By Ercan Ayboğa, Mesopotamian Ecology Movement “The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, originating in Turkey and flowing downstream over the borders of Syria and Iraq have become a major…

5Mar
Water Transfer Projects Threaten the Lesser Zab!

Statement by Save the Tigris, 5 March 2021 Save the Tigris Campaign is a coalition of civil society organisations from nine countries concerned with water justice in the…

17Feb
Party to Paris Accord, Can Iraq Stop Climate Change Turning Fields to Deserts?

By Hannah Lynch, Rudaw, 16 February 2021 Kalar, Kurdistan Region of Iraq — Driving south through Sulaimani province, the snow-capped Zagros Mountains recede in the rear view mirror…