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...]

THE 7th EKOPOTAMYA CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN SULAIMANY

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A view from the conference which was held in Sulaimany, Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

The 7th conference of the Ekopotamya Network was held in  Sulaimany, Iraqi Kurdistan on 25th March, 2015, by participating people from Turkey, Iran, and Iraq.

The conference was based on evaluating of the network’s activities and, some presentations about environment, and water issues.  These presentations are below:

  1. Water and Terrorism (by CDO)
  2.  Dust Storm in Mesopotamia (by Alpin Club of Iran)
  3. The Role of Water in the War in Syria-Rojava (by Hasankeyf Initiative)
  4.  Water Crisis In Iraq; Threats and Solution (by Environments Friends Network)
  5. Kani Bil and Daryan Dam (by Karezeh)

All presentations will be available on the website of Ekopotamya Network.

Ekopotamya Network members have conference twice per year, usually in Amed (Diyarbekir, Turkey) and in Sulaimany (KRG, Iraq)

 

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...]

ATTACT ON THE HES CONSTRUCTION

VAN24.08.2014 14:59:39, www.firatnews.biz

ATTACT ON THE HES CONSTRUCTION
The construction side of hydro-electric plant on the Zilan River was attacted and fired by an armed group of people.
Despite the objections of local people, the construction of hydro-energy plant on the Zilan River is sustained. Last night, an armed group of people who are claimed to be the militants of HPG-PKK attacted on the construction side, and burned some containers and equipments.
Recently, in the same place, some workers of the construction were retentioned by HPG. By the exertion of DBP and some NGOs, these people were released.

A decision to cancel HPP also in Dersim.

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Bozkaya HPP project which is planned for Dersim’s Munzur Valley was canceled by the court. Ankara 8th Administrative Court has decided to cancel the project, Bozkaya Hydro Power Plant (HPP), that was planned at Munzur Valley.
The lawyer Özgür Ulaş Kaplan who held a press conference about Court’s decision, said that ‘ the people won an important victory against the dams because of court’s decision. He reminded that ‘There are a lot of dam projects have been prepared at Munzur and Pülümür Valley without the approval of the EIA.’ ”These dam projects must be also canceled. To remain in valleys’ natural state, we are committed to continue our struggle.” he said.
For the cancellation of the project ‘HPP’, 22 people filed a lawsuit through their lawyers.
(Etha)

Iran’s Dam Policy and the Case of the Lake Urmia

Ercan Ayboğa & Akgün Ilhan

Iran has been one of the states with the highest rate of dam construction worldwide in the recent years. The construction of hundreds of dams on rivers combined with a non-participative and non-democratic approach has lead to numerous ecological, social, cultural and political problems and conflicts in the past years. There is much public criticism over the intense dam building policy and its impacts. In particular, the case of the Lake Urmia has led to hot debates and many protests within the Iranian society regarding the destructive dams in the country. [Read more...]

The Administrative Court of Batman Decided: Ilisu Dam is Beneficial!

Source: Radikal, 06.06.2012

The Batman Administrative Court decided about a counter claim that Ilisu Dam should be built because Turkey will nationally benefit from its energy production and irrigation facilities. On the desicion, the court accepted that the project has not cared about cultural historical heritage till now but after this moment, it “will” care!

This desicion is not the end of juridical process because the case will be conveyed the higher court by advocates. However, this desicion also show the juridical process in Turkey about environment issue: the courts always tend to decide parallel with the government!

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...]