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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.
20Mar
Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Concerns and Requests regarding the Ahwar of Iraq

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…

28Feb
When Canals Run Dry – Displacement Triggered by Water Stress in the South of Iraq

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) embarked on a new research programme in December 2018 to investigate internal displacement associated with slow-onset environmental change. Based in Geneva, Switzerland,…

28Feb
Turkey-backed forces accused of cutting water to Syrian Kurdish-run region

Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, 25 February 2020 Turkey’s pressure campaign on Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria took a fresh sinister turn this week when Turkish-backed Syrian rebel forces reportedly halted service…

26Feb
Beyond Water Nationalism: Towards a “Mesopotamian” Ecological Identity

Alessandro Tinti, 26 February 2020 Instituto per gli studi di politica internazionale, Milan, Italy “We are the people of Mesopotamia, one of the most remarkable areas of the…

18Jan
Ilisu Dam Reservoir has reached Hasankeyf town – Apocalypse is Impending!

Statement by the Hasankeyf Coordination, 17 January 2020 The filling of the controversial Ilisu Dam continues despite the ongoing strong critic and protests by the affected communities along…

3Jan
Keep Our Rivers Wild

Permanent protections for free-flowing rivers need to be a centerpiece of every country’s national climate action plan. Chile can lead the way. New York Times, 29 December 2019…

12Dec
Call for the Immediate Release of 2 Activists!

Baghdad, 12 December 2019 Salman Kairallah Al-Mansoori and Omar Kadhem Al-Amri, two Iraqi activists for human and environmental rights, have disappeared in Baghdad since yesterday and are still…

10Dec
Climate Bonds Initiative Must Abandon Its Misguided Attempt to Greenwash Hydropower

Civil Society Society Statement, 10 December 2019 In the context of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25 Madrid On behalf of 276 civil society organizations from around the…

13Nov
Turkey’s Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water

By Alexandra Marvar – The Nation, 11 November 2019 In times of conflict, war, and climate change, hydropower is state power Since the early 2000s, a massive hydropower…

10Nov
‘The Water Will Not Last More Than a Month’: Northeast Syria Faces Critical Water Shortage

By Will Christou, Syria Direct, 10 November 2019 AMMAN— Northeast Syria is facing an acute water shortage as a result of damage to civilian water infrastructure and the…

5Nov
Act Now to Protect People and the Environment

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, 6 November 2019 The international community needs to take bold actions before, during and…

22Oct
Turkish Attacks Cut Water Supply to Syrian Province

By Himbervan Kose, Al-Monitor, 18 October 2019 Civilians in Hasakah are running out of water more than a week after Turkish forces shelled the province’s main pumping station, near…