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Act Now to Protect People and the Environment
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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 after armed conflicts to protect people and the environment. That is the call being made today by 102 NGOs and experts from 33 countries to mark the...

Turkish Attacks Cut Water Supply to Syrian Province
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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 Ras al-Ain (Sri Canet). The United Nations is negotiating with Ankara to allow repairs to the Aluk drinking water station, which officials of the Autonomous Administration of North...

Water Must Not be Used as a Weapon of War: Refrain from Civilian and Environmental Harm in Northeast Syria!
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Water Must Not be Used as a Weapon of War: Refrain from Civilian and Environmental Harm in Northeast Syria!

Statement by Save the Tigris Campaign, 12 October 2019 On 9 October, Turkey started a military offensive in northeast Syria. A move which will have disastrous consequences for the region. This armed conflict will have a direct impact on populations, ecosystem and post-conflict recovery of the area. Concerns mount of a humanitarian catastrophe. Water is...

Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
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Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Human security requires environmental security Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, November 6 2018 Original statement here Today, our group of concerned civil society organisations, which includes academics, experts and scientists, are calling for the international community to enhance the protection of people...

Tribal Disputes Flare in Southern Iraq Over Water Disputes
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Tribal Disputes Flare in Southern Iraq Over Water Disputes

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave instructions on Feb. 11 to stop the encroachment upon water quotas and increase the water share to Al-Mejar district in Maysan province in southern Iraq. Abadi’s instructions came days after tribal conflicts in Iraq’s southern provinces broke out over agricultural land water quotas, prompting activists in the province to launch a...

Water as a force for peace
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Water as a force for peace

The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water...

Neglect May Do What Daesh Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam
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Neglect May Do What Daesh Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam

The New York Times – Michael R. Gordon More than 16 months after Iraqi and Kurdish forces reclaimed Mosul Dam from Daesh fighters, the structure faces a new threat: the danger that it may collapse because of insufficient maintenance, overwhelming major communities downstream with floodwaters. In the worst-case scenario, according to State Department officials, an estimated...

The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?
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The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

Press release by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, 20 January 2016. 1. Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq, now the most dangerous dam in the world  Risk of the imminent collapse of the Mosul Dam must be confronted immediately. The dam, which began operation in the 1980s, is located 35 kilometers...

Draught, and misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia
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Draught, and misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

By Nadia Al Baghdadi A paper prepared for the ICSSI conference “”promoting dialogue and reconciliation, working for peaceful coexistence, and opportunities for international solidarity with Iraqi civil society” 27-29 October 2014, Oslo. On the 14th of March 2012, a petition was released all over the world, directed to The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, to...