Presentations on the Water Crisis in Syria and Iraq

Ercan-Ayboga-currentwatercrisisinSyriaandIraqSome of the Ekopotamya Network members took part in the World Social Forum in Tunisia and, held some seminars on the current water crisis in Syria and Iraq. You can find further information on the issue in the the presentation materials. These presentation had been done on the last conference of the Ekopotamya Network.

Presentation 1 – Ercan Ayboga, Current Water Crisis in Syria and Iraq

Presentation 2 -Abbas Mohammadi, Dust storm or haze problem in Mesopotamia

Presentation 3 – Kani Bil

Presentation 4 – Candice Williams, “Water Terrorism” and “Water Wars”: The militaristic use of water and its infrastructure

Ilisu Dam protest close to the dam site!

2015-03-29_Ilisu-Protest_11_sm-v2Today more than 500 people have protested the destructive Ilisu Dam project in the town of Dargecit. The demonstrators aimed at protesting at the dam site, but were prevented by the police.

The protestors came from different dam affected provinces in order to protest the ongoing construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant project. They gathered in the small city of Dargecit and wanted to march towards the dam site which is 12 km away. They could not overcome the police barricade. [Read more...]

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive

Batman/Turkey

Press Release

16.02.2015

With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave political tensions and human rights violation, in spite of the expected dramatic social, cultural and ecological impacts in the affected region. [Read more...]

KEEPING HASANKEY ALIVE – Against the Ilısu Dam

We do not have luxury here but we are not hungry either.Besides we live in the most beautiful place on earth.I wouldn’t go anywhere else even if they paid me millions[1].
An inhabitant of the town of Hasankeyf

Akgün İlhan

Introduction

The Ilısu Dam project is one of the most controversial ones in Turkey. Even though planned in the 1960s, the actual construction started in 2009. The Ilısu Dam is an integral part of the largest regional development project in Turkey named as the South-eastern Anatolia Project (GAP). As the name suggests, the GAP is located in the South-eastern region of Turkey. There are three important aspects of the GAP[2]. First, this region is heavily populated by the Kurds and there has been an on-going war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish rebels for over decades. Second, the GAP consists of dozens of large dams and Hydro-electric Power Plants (HEPP) on the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers which limit, to a great extent, the water flow that the downstream countries Iraq and Syria receive. Third, as the global water crisis discourse becomes more popular, the large water multi-nationals have developed an increasing interest in the water resources of the Middle East; a region having already serious water shortage. When these dimensions are considered, the complexity of the Ilısu case and the grand obstacles in front of the social movement against this project become clearer. [Read more...]

LAKE URMIA : Protests over lake bring violent response

Source: mesop.de, 22.05.2012
Reports from Iran indicate that tension has gripped the northwestern cities of Tabriz and Oroumiyeh, one day after protests against government inaction about the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh turned violent with police intervention. Azerbaijani activists were rallied to join demonstrations on Monday to protest the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh and the government’s lack of effective action. [Read more...]

UNESCO World Heritage Committee: Save World Heritage on the Tigris River in Mesopotamia

The tremendous cultural and natural heritage of Mesopotamia is in great danger due to the construction of the Ilisu Dam on the Turkish stretch of the Tigris River. Designed to impound an area of more than 310 km², it would impact the right to food and water of thousands of people in and around the planned reservoir as well as downstream. It also threatens precious riverine ecosystems hosting numerous endangered species, hundreds of archaeological sites including the ancient town of Hasankeyf in Turkey, as well as the Mesopotamian Marshes in Iraq.
We are deeply concerned about the impacts of the Ilisu Dam Project constructed on the Tigris River by the Turkish government.
This is why we ask you to sign this petition to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to urge them to take action against the construction of the Ilisu Dam. [Read more...]

Report blames Turkey for ’unfair’ water share with Iraq

ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News | 6/3/2011 FULYA ÖZERKAN

A report recently submitted to a United Nations committee has blamed Turkey for its failure to conclude an agreement with neighboring Iraq on a ’fair and equitable sharing of the water.’

A report recently submitted to a United Nations committee has blamed Turkey for its failure to conclude an agreement with neighboring Iraq on a “fair and equitable sharing of the water.” [Read more...]

Expert report favors Ilısu Dam construction

Serkan Ocak – ISTANBUL / Radikal

Hasankeyf is home to 550 archeological sites and settlements spanning thousands of years of history, from 2000 BC to the end of the Ottoman period in the early 20th century. Hürriyet photo

The completion of the Ilısu Dam will flood parts of the historical town of Hasankeyf in the southeastern province of Batman but will provide a significant boost for Turkey’s economy, according to an experts’ court report. [Read more...]

Water dispute threatens last Iraq commercial farm

AS-SUWAYRA, Iraq – Agence France-Presse | 11/11/2011

The grass is yellowing, the cows are emaciated and milk production is a fraction of what it once was — Iraq’s last major commercial farm is dying a slow death due to a dispute over water.

The grass is yellowing, the cows are emaciated and milk production is a fraction of what it once was — Iraq’s last major commercial farm is dying a slow death due to a dispute over water. [Read more...]

Dams in Turkey’s Black Sea region not as clean as presumed

Resource: Hurriyet Daily News, 21.07.2010

Dams in the Black Sea region have many negative effects on the environment and residents’ everyday lives, according to a report prepared by five experts working in the Kaçkar mountains located in the north of Turkey. There are also allegedly huge gaps in Turkey’s legal framework as well as the implementation of existing laws, says the report, which was prepared last year, but only recently published [Read more...]