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Tanjero: the struggle to clean up a neglected river
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Tanjero: the struggle to clean up a neglected river

For years in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan waste has been dumped at a site close to the Tanjero River in the Tanjero area of the city. The site has been used by the municipality as well as industries to dump their waste, such as oil and other toxic materials. It has been...

Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper
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Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

[:en]Maaz Farhan, NIQASH, 19/07/2017 Iraqi Kurdistan could have a serious water problem by 2025, authorities say. One Sulaymaniyah man is using his skills as an artist and video maker to highlight pollution in local waterways. Even the fish don’t get to swim where they want to in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Nabil Musa, a 40-year-old local...

In Halabja, the struggle against Daryan Dam continues
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In Halabja, the struggle against Daryan Dam continues

[:en]With the completion of the Daryan Dam immenent, civil society in the city of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan held a special seminar to discuss the negative impacts of this Iranian-built dam on the Sirwan River. Taking place on 19 December 2016, the seminar was organized by Al-Mesalla in cooperation with Civil Organisation for Individual Awareness,...

Dam construction in Iraqi Kurdistan: 2 case studies
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Dam construction in Iraqi Kurdistan: 2 case studies

[:en]By our partner Waterkeepers Iraq Surqawshan Dam east of Dukan & Basara Dam in Delezha, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq These two dams are under construction in Sulaymaniyah governorate, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. Surqawshan is located down river from the city of Dukan on a tributary to the Lesser Zab.  Delezha is located  south of the city of...

Save Iraqi Kurdistan’s rivers from deprivation
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Save Iraqi Kurdistan’s rivers from deprivation

[:en]By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris Campaign There is no question about the commodification of natural resources and the damage inflicted upon the environment in Iraqi Kurdistan. The exploitation of the environment is a consequence of the economic system envisioned by the ruling parties: a capitalist Kurdistan firmly entrenched in the global free market. Consider...

The negative impact of large dams: a seminar in Erbil
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The negative impact of large dams: a seminar in Erbil

[:en] Seminar at the University of Salah Aldin – Erbil Al-Messala Organization, Erbil – June 2016 In cooperation with the University of Salah Aldin and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Al-Messala Organization held a seminar on the subject of large dams and their negative impact on humans, environment and biodiversity. The seminar...

Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 – A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy
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Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 – A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

[:en]Document released by the Iraqi Kurdistan Ministry of Planning, May 2015 Vision: Water security for all, and water and sanitation services that reach every home and supply every industry. Water and Sanitation Today and in 2020  We are fortunate to have water resources throughout our Region, including such rivers as the Tigris, the Great Zab, the Little...

Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign
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Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

[:en]Press Release, May 12, 2015 Iraq faces a growing water emergency. Frequent water shortages, due to chronic mismanagement, have intensified into a complex crisis. Daesh is using Iraq’s water supply to pressure local communities. It has taken control of the water infrastructure in several locations and is using war tactics, including flooding and cutting off...