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


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)


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


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…]