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Turkey’s Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water
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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 project in southeastern Turkey has been mired in controversy, moving forward in fits and starts. But as of this past July, construction is finally complete. As the...

‘The Water Will Not Last More Than a Month’: Northeast Syria Faces Critical Water Shortage
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‘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 roughly 108,000 Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) who fled the Turkish offensive, “Operation Peace Spring,” early last month. On October 29, the Autonomous Administration of North and East...

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...

Qamishlo Activists in Syria Learn About Regional Water Security
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Qamishlo Activists in Syria Learn About Regional Water Security

Following years of neglect under the Assad regime and the struggle against Daesh, North-East Syria continues to be plagued by water scarcity. Overconsumption from the Turkish side of the border has reduced supplies to the area. Since agriculture is the main source of income for the local population, they rely heavily on water. In addition,...

“Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia” – Final Declaration 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum
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“Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia” – Final Declaration 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum

Herewith the final declaration of the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum, which was held on April 6-8, 2019 in Sulaimani (Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. More than 180 water activists from the Mesopotamia region and other countries gathered for the 3-day forum at Sulaimani University. Several civil society organizations from all over Mesopotamia –...

The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching – A Landmark Event!
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The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching – A Landmark Event!

Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, historic lifelines of Mesopotamia, stretch across the states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. In past decades these rivers have faced environmental degradation and politicization through large dams, river diversions and unsustainable management at the expense of the peoples living in the basin. Negative management...

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?
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Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a society-wide coalition for...

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?
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Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a society-wide coalition for...

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?
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Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a society-wide coalition for...