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Message from Humat Dijlah and Save the Tigris on the Occasion of World Water Day

Message from Humat Dijlah and Save the Tigris on the Occasion of World Water Day

Today the world celebrates World Water Day, representing a global opportunity to review water resource management policies and our consumption of the most important natural resource associated with our existence and our livelihood. Today the world is reminded of the many threats to which our water sources, rivers, lakes, ponds,…
by | April 1, 2021
Sign the Global Call

Sign the Global Call

To: Government officials at the municipal, state, provincial, and national level, financiers of energy and infrastructure projects, energy companies, intergovernmental organizations and committees,We, the undersigned, urge you to recognize the critical importance of protecting rivers to a just and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rivers underpin our natural systems and…
by | November 26, 2020
New Report by Save the Tigris Reviews the Dam Construction Policies of the Kurdistan Region

New Report by Save the Tigris Reviews the Dam Construction Policies of the Kurdistan Region

According to the UNDP, the water discharge of the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers is set to decrease by 50% between 2009 and 2025. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which governs the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, recognizes water security as a priority. To tackle the issues of climate change, upstream dam construction and…
by | July 24, 2020
New Project Launched to Promote Socio-Economic Growth through Eco-Tourism and Heritage Preservation in Dhi Qar

New Project Launched to Promote Socio-Economic Growth through Eco-Tourism and Heritage Preservation in Dhi Qar

Un Ponte Per has recently started an ambitious new 2-year project in Southern Iraq, funded by UNDP. Sumereen: Sumerian Youth for Economic Development and Cultural Heritage aims to create employment opportunities for youth in Dhi Qar, drawing on the cultural and natural heritage of the Governorate. Communities there have been struggling to make…
by | July 15, 2020
Traditional Boats Adorn the Tigris River to Celebrate the Efforts of Medical Personnel in Confronting COVID

Traditional Boats Adorn the Tigris River to Celebrate the Efforts of Medical Personnel in Confronting COVID

After a five-month pause due to the nationwide quarantine and other preventive measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, the Humat Dijla Association resumed its activities by organizing a river event where boats greeted the medical workers who were active throughout the quarantine period, putting their lives on…
by | July 15, 2020
The Shared Responsibility Behind the Pollution of The Tigris River in Baghdad

The Shared Responsibility Behind the Pollution of The Tigris River in Baghdad

In the following article, we review a number of points related to water pollution in Baghdad. We talk in detail about the threats posed by the continued pollution of the Tigris River within the borders of the capital, and the environmental, social, health and economic consequences for residents. Ultimately, we…
by | July 9, 2020
NEW REPORT AND WEBTOOL PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO IRAQ’S LOOMING WATER CRISIS: IOM AND DELTARES

NEW REPORT AND WEBTOOL PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO IRAQ’S LOOMING WATER CRISIS: IOM AND DELTARES

IOM IraqIraq faces a complex water crisis that is expected to persist and might have implications at the humanitarian, socioeconomic, security and social levels, including population movements. In July 2019, the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Iraq identified 21,314 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the central and southern governorates…
by | July 7, 2020
Save the Tigris Invites Members, Followers, and Supporters to Join the “Big Jump” for Hasankeyf

Save the Tigris Invites Members, Followers, and Supporters to Join the “Big Jump” for Hasankeyf

In just a few short weeks, on the 14th of July 2019, the community-led campaign Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive will host a “Big Jump” into the Tigris River at the 12,000 year old town of Hasankeyf, to demonstrate support for the preservation of the town and the river.Both Hasankeyf and the entire…
by | June 24, 2020
Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Concerns and Requests regarding the Ahwar of Iraq

Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Concerns and Requests regarding the Ahwar of Iraq

In 2016 the Iraqi Marshes were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Ahwar. Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee reviews reports on the state of conservation of the property and follows up with the State Party of Iraq in case it is not properly…
by | June 17, 2020
Ilisu Dam Reservoir has reached Hasankeyf town – Apocalypse is Impending!

Ilisu Dam Reservoir has reached Hasankeyf town – Apocalypse is Impending!

Statement by the Hasankeyf Coordination, 17 January 2020The filling of the controversial Ilisu Dam continues despite the ongoing strong critic and protests by the affected communities along the Tigris River and civil society organizations from all over Turkey. Almost two weeks ago the raising dam reservoir has reached the 12,000…
by | June 17, 2020
Humat Dijlah Training in Mosul: In Pursuit of a Better Environment

Humat Dijlah Training in Mosul: In Pursuit of a Better Environment

The youth of Nineveh Governorate are preparing to launch a major environmental campaign to confront the dangers of pollution and the deterioration of the environment in their governorate. In this endeavor, the Humat Dijlah Association organized a specialized training on environmental defense mechanisms and the protection of water resources. The…
by | June 17, 2020
Kurdistan environmental Groups and Organizations, in a Consultative Meeting, to Discuss Local Challenges and Prepare for the Water Forum

Kurdistan environmental Groups and Organizations, in a Consultative Meeting, to Discuss Local Challenges and Prepare for the Water Forum

To prepare for the Virtual Assembly of the Mesopotamian Water Forum, a local assembly for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) was organized with 15 participants from Sulaimaniyah, Halabjah, Erbil, Ranya, Garmian and Darbandikhan. the 2-hour discussion touched upon the impacts of the Covid-10 pandemic in the Kurdistan Region, and…
by | June 8, 2020
Covid-19 and Climate Change – In an Online Seminar by Humat Dijlah

Covid-19 and Climate Change – In an Online Seminar by Humat Dijlah

The global impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns is prompting those concerned with environmentalism to discuss the post-pandemic world. Climate change is one of the most pressing global issues. Many experts have stated that climate change must be mitigated through global solidarity, similar to the solidarity the world experienced during the…
by | June 5, 2020
Covid-19 and Climate Change – In an Online Seminar by Humat Dijlah

Covid-19 and Climate Change – In an Online Seminar by Humat Dijlah

The global impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns is prompting those concerned with environmentalism to discuss the post-pandemic world. Climate change is one of the most pressing global issues. Many experts have stated that climate change must be mitigated through global solidarity, similar to the solidarity the world experienced during the…
by | June 2, 2020
On Earth Day, a new report tracks the reality and challenges of the environment in Iraq

On Earth Day, a new report tracks the reality and challenges of the environment in Iraq

On the occasion of World Earth Day, which occurred on April 22, the Information Center for Research and Development issued a report titled “On Earth Day.. Iraq and Environmental Challenges.” The report, which was prepared by a group of the center’s researchers, addressed the dimensions of the global environmental crises…
by | June 2, 2020
Solidarity in Times of Covid-19: Read the Report of the Mesopotamian Water Forum Virtual Assembly

Solidarity in Times of Covid-19: Read the Report of the Mesopotamian Water Forum Virtual Assembly

From 16-17 May 2020 the Virtual Assembly of the Mesopotamian Water Forum took place online, an initiative of Save the Tigris Campaign. With the world in the grip of the Covid-19 crisis, and the countries of the Tigris-Euphrates under lockdown, this 2-day event was an opportunity to connect digitally and…
by | June 2, 2020
The First Virtual Assembly for Water in Iraq 2020, an Early Step Towards the Second Mesopotamia Water Forum

The First Virtual Assembly for Water in Iraq 2020, an Early Step Towards the Second Mesopotamia Water Forum

After the remarkable success of the Mesopotamia Water Forum, which was held last year in 2019 in the city of Sulaymaniyah, the campaign to save the Iraqi Tigris and Marshes plans to organize a digital forum that brings together the countries of the Tigris and Euphrates basins, to continue the efforts…
by | May 14, 2020
On Earth Day, a new report tracks the reality and challenges of the environment in Iraq

On Earth Day, a new report tracks the reality and challenges of the environment in Iraq

On the occasion of World Earth Day, which occurred on April 22, the Information Center for Research and Development issued a report titled “On Earth Day.. Iraq and Environmental Challenges.” The report, which was prepared by a group of the center’s researchers, addressed the dimensions of the global environmental crises…
by | April 28, 2020
The Bright Side of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Bright Side of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The health, economic and societal problems that are gripping the world due to the global coronavirus pandemic are undeniable, yet the crisis hides a positive aspect represented by the significant environmental recovery now taking place. Much of this comes from the decline in greenhouse gas emissions and organic toxins from…
by | April 12, 2020
Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Concerns and Requests regarding the Ahwar of Iraq

Letter From Save the Tigris to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Concerns and Requests regarding the Ahwar of Iraq

In 2016 the Iraqi Marshes were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Ahwar. Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee reviews reports on the state of conservation of the property and follows up with the State Party of Iraq in case it is not properly…
by | March 20, 2020
Humat Dijlah Training in Mosul: In Pursuit of a Better Environment

Humat Dijlah Training in Mosul: In Pursuit of a Better Environment

The youth of Nineveh Governorate are preparing to launch a major environmental campaign to confront the dangers of pollution and the deterioration of the environment in their governorate. In this endeavor, the Humat Dijlah Association organized a specialized training on environmental defense mechanisms and the protection of water resources. The…
by | March 5, 2020

Ilisu Dam Reservoir has reached Hasankeyf town – Apocalypse is Impending!

Statement by the Hasankeyf Coordination, 17 January 2020The filling of the controversial Ilisu Dam continues despite the ongoing strong critic and protests by the affected communities along the Tigris River and civil society organizations from all over Turkey. Almost two weeks ago the raising dam reservoir has reached the 12,000…
by | January 18, 2020
Turkey’s Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water

Turkey’s Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water

By Alexandra Marvar – The Nation, 11 November 2019In times of conflict, war, and climate change, hydropower is state powerSince 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…
by | November 13, 2019
Act Now to Protect People and the Environment

Act Now to Protect People and the Environment

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, 6 November 2019The international community needs to take bold actions before, during and after armed conflicts to protect people and the environment.That is the call being made today by 102 NGOs and experts from 33 countries to mark…
by | November 5, 2019
Water Must Not be Used as a Weapon of War: Refrain from Civilian and Environmental Harm in Northeast Syria!

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 2019On 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…
by | October 12, 2019
Building the Network of Water Activists in Basra

Building the Network of Water Activists in Basra

It’s been one year since the city of Basra was rocked by large-scale protests following a major pollution crisis in which citizens decried the lack of access to fresh water and services. Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch released an extensive report on the crisis. One year onward, Save the Tigris Campaign…
by | October 2, 2019
Meet the Iraqi Activists Who Are Standing Up for the Environment

Meet the Iraqi Activists Who Are Standing Up for the Environment

Photo 1: Marshes Chibayish, Iraq. Climate change is threatening Iraq’s fragile stability, and it could finish off what remains of the Sumerian culture and marshes. (Photographer: Arianna Pagani)The year 2018 was marked by a severe drought in Iraq, a formerly water-rich country. The water crisis is complex, however, with multiple causes…
by | September 11, 2019
Local Forums Host Water Conservation Trainings

Local Forums Host Water Conservation Trainings

The Water Protectors Network in Iraq, an advocacy group working to monitor and preserve Iraq’s rivers and waterways, expanded its reach by creating a new group of young activists through a series of trainings offered in different cities throughout Iraq from 19-29 July. The trainings aimed at developing the capacity…
by | August 25, 2019
Environmental Theme at Al-Fallujah Council Workshop With The Environment And Water Masar

Environmental Theme at Al-Fallujah Council Workshop With The Environment And Water Masar

Al-Falluja Council for Social Cohesion held a workshop with the Environment and Water Masar (path) to discuss the most important problems facing Al-Anbar governorate in terms of pollution of the environment and rivers, with the active participation of the members of Al-Fallujah Council and the Environment and Water Masar on…
by | August 7, 2019
Alamara Council for Social Cohesion and the ISF’s Environment And Water Masar Balance Tourism and the Environment

Alamara Council for Social Cohesion and the ISF’s Environment And Water Masar Balance Tourism and the Environment

On 27 July 2019, the Alamara Council for Social Cohesion held a joint session with the Environment and Water masar(Path) to discuss issues relating to the environment and tourism in the city of Amara in Maysan Province. The session opened with an introduction to the work of the Council: its coordinator, Asaad Jabbar,…
by | August 1, 2019
Call: Global Action Day “Sing, Play, Paint — Take a Stand for Hasankeyf”

Call: Global Action Day “Sing, Play, Paint — Take a Stand for Hasankeyf”

Call for Global Action Day “Sing, Play, Paint — Take a Stand for Hasankeyf” on 14 September 2019:Do not close Hasankeyf to the public! Stop the Ilisu Dam!Once more we say “It is not too late for Hasankeyf” and call on people to support actions to save the ancient village…
by | August 1, 2019
Stop the Filling of the Ilisu Dam!

Stop the Filling of the Ilisu Dam!

Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam!Statement by Save the Tigris Campaign, 29 July 2019Despite strong domestic and international opposition, the Turkish government has commenced filling the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey without giving any official warning to those…
by | July 30, 2019

Big Jump for Hasankeyf and Tigris River in 15 Countries

Statement by Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf and Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, 14 July 2019Successful “Big Jump” actions for Hasankeyf and Tigris River! Resistance continues against Ilisu Dam!Following a call by the Initiative to Keep Alive (HYG) and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (MEM) for the “Big Jump” ecology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey…
by | July 15, 2019

A Message on Ilisu Dam From Iraqi Civil Society to the Turkish Government

Humat Dijlah Association (Tigris River Protectors) – the Iraqi partner for Save the Tigris Campaign – and a wide range of Iraqi civil society organizations, movements, and individuals (signed below) address the Turkish Government to abandon the decision to flood the Ilisu Dam because of the serious environmental effects that…
by | July 8, 2019
Creating New Water Protectors and Activating Environmental Advocacy Movements

Creating New Water Protectors and Activating Environmental Advocacy Movements

The Peace Forums in Anbar (Hit, Ramadi and Falluja), working within the framework of the Iraqi Social Forum and in collaboration with the Humat Dijla, recently held a training workshop on creating new water protectors and activating environmental advocacy movements in the three cities. 17 activists in the field of…
by | July 4, 2019
UNESCO Should Address the Impacts of Upstream Dam Construction on the Ahwar of Iraq and Support Transboundary Water-Sharing Agreements

UNESCO Should Address the Impacts of Upstream Dam Construction on the Ahwar of Iraq and Support Transboundary Water-Sharing Agreements

Press Statement by Save the Tigris CampaignThe following resolution submitted by Save the Tigris Campaign was adopted by the World Heritage Watch NGO Forum prior to the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan, 30 June – 10 July 2019.The 7th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at…
by | July 2, 2019
Rivers Are the World’s Heritage. Time to Treat Them as Such.

Rivers Are the World’s Heritage. Time to Treat Them as Such.

Commentary by Josh Klemm on 1 July 2019, This July represents a critical opportunity to protect rivers and the World Heritage sites that depend on them. Key government leaders will converge on Baku, Azerbaijan for the 43rd annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee this week. Established under the auspices of the…
by | July 2, 2019
The Turkish city of Hasankeyf will welcome its tourists under water

The Turkish city of Hasankeyf will welcome its tourists under water

Hasankeyf is located in southeast Turkey, on the banks of the Tigris River in a predominantly Kurdish area. At 12,000 years old, it is one of the oldest human settlements in the country. It is populated by more than 20 civilizations. It is home to some of the oldest caves…
by | June 25, 2019
New Report to the World Heritage Committee: International Action Needed to Halt Dams and Save Marshes

New Report to the World Heritage Committee: International Action Needed to Halt Dams and Save Marshes

 A new report compiled by Save the Tigris member Rivers without Boundaries and World Heritage Watch, a draft of which was presented by civil society during the World Hydropower Congress, is an indictment of global conventional hydropower construction. As the title Heritage Dammed suggests, the report sets its sights on ecological sites on the UNESCO…
by | June 24, 2019
Save the Tigris Taking Part in the 43th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku

Save the Tigris Taking Part in the 43th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku

From June 30 – July 10 the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The WHC will examine the state of conservation of 166 sites inscribed in the World Heritage List, including the Ahwar of Iraq, which consists of several archeological sites and the natural…
by | June 21, 2019
A Successful Campaign Training in Nasiriyah

A Successful Campaign Training in Nasiriyah

From 18 – 19 March, the Information Center for Research and Development worked with the Mashhofna Cultural Center to organize a training for volunteers who wished to develop the skills needed to build and run advocacy campaigns. The training took place at the Mashhofna Cultural Center in Nasiriyah and focused…
by | June 16, 2019
“The Reality of Water Security and Sustainability” A Seminar Organized by Humat Dijlah and the College of the Origins of Religion

“The Reality of Water Security and Sustainability” A Seminar Organized by Humat Dijlah and the College of the Origins of Religion

The Humat Dijlah Association (of the Iraqi Social Forum) collaborated with the College of the Origins of Religion to organize a seminar, “The Reality of Water Security and Sustainability,” held on 27 April 2019. It offered an important opportunity for a group of civil society activists and academics to discuss the…
by | June 10, 2019
Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” World Migratory Bird Day

Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” World Migratory Bird Day

Laith Al-ObeidyThe Diwaniya Social Forum for Environment and Peace, in cooperation with Humat Dijlah Association, celebrated World Migratory Bird Day 2019 by distributing and delivering information to the public through social network platforms and the hashtag #Protect_Birds_Be_the_Solution_to_Plastic_Pollution.We are in solidarity with our colleagues from around the world in the campaign…
by | May 22, 2019
Council for Social Cohesion in Sulaimania Addresses Medical Waste Problem in the City

Council for Social Cohesion in Sulaimania Addresses Medical Waste Problem in the City

In the past months the Social Cohesion Council in the city of Sulaimania has established itself as a valuable civil society space for dialogue, consisting of men and women of all ages, various professions from doctors and lawyers to journalists and students, from the local community. The goal of the…
by | May 20, 2019
Global Days of Action for Iraq’s Waterways

Global Days of Action for Iraq’s Waterways

On 14 March of  every year, millions of people around the world raise their voices to highlight those struggling to protect the earth’s rivers for International Day of Action for Rivers, and on 22 March, they turn their attention to all the world’s water for World Water Day. This year, local social…
by | April 21, 2019
Does the Memorandum of Understanding in water management between Turkey and Iraq guarantee Iraq its water rights?

Does the Memorandum of Understanding in water management between Turkey and Iraq guarantee Iraq its water rights?

April 17, 2019  Read it in العربيةDoes the Memorandum of Understanding in water management between Turkey and Iraq guarantee Iraq its water rights? Preliminary reading of the memorandum of understanding signed with initials between Iraq and Turkey in the field of water 2019,Ismaeel DawoodSave the Tigris Campaign, April 2019The Turkish Ministry of Forest…
by | April 17, 2019
Diyala Social Forum Installs Informational Signs to Prevent Pollution in Khraissan River

Diyala Social Forum Installs Informational Signs to Prevent Pollution in Khraissan River

The Diyala Social Forum has begun efforts to address these pollution problems in their province. Pointing to the pollution of the Khraissan River, the Diyala Social Forum created a working group to study solutions that could be implemented to reduce this pollution. An urgent meeting was held to review opinions…
by | April 8, 2019
The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching – A Landmark Event!

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

Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 3 April 2019The 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…
by | April 3, 2019
Letter of support from the European Water Movement to the Mesopotamian Water Forum

Letter of support from the European Water Movement to the Mesopotamian Water Forum

 With this letter, the members and allies of the European Water Movement express their support and solidarity to the people organizing the Mesopotamian Water Forum, a civil society forum on the alternative management of Euphrates and Tigris rivers and their tributaries in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that will take place…
by | April 3, 2019
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?

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…
by | March 30, 2019
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