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Save The Tigris

Read about the Mesopotamian Water Forum, an alternative civil society forum for water in the Mesopotamia region, coordinated by Save the Tigris

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We are a civil society advocacy platform aiming to promote water justice in the Mesopotamian basin. Save the Tigris seeks to link groups and movements from Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran concerned with the protection of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Our platform provides international solidarity and supports the exchange of knowledge. We advocate for policies that secure ecological justice including the equitable and democratic use of water for all who live in the Mesopotamian region, promoting water as a tool for peace.

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The End of the Mesopotamian Basin: Can the Tigris and Euphrates Be Saved?

Winthrop Rodgers, The Dial, 25 July 2023 When spring hits its full stride in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, hillsides turn from brown to green almost overnight. Seasonal streams course…

Civil Society Statement on Kakhovka Dam Disaster and Restoration Challenges

June 20, 2023 Ukraine Nature Conservation Group, International Rivers, and the undersigned organizationscondemn the weaponization of the Kakhovka hydropower dam, whose destruction hasprecipitated the manmade disaster unfolding in…

The World Heritage Watch Report 2023 is out!

The World Heritage Watch Report 2023 is out! It contains reports on 45 World Heritage sites from around the globe, 2 sites which should be on the WH…

Statement of the Iraqi Water Week 14-22 March 2023

Statement by 13 Iraq-based local and international CSOs and NGOs who participated in the second season of the “Iraqi Water Week” (14-22 March 2023) As World Water Day…

Statement from Protect Iraqi HRDs NOW! Campaign, Demanding the Immediate Release of Expert Jassim Al-Asadi

Iraq | Baghdad 5th February, 2023 Four days ago, our colleague and fellow environmentalist, Jassim Fadel Duweij Al-Asadi, was kidnapped by an armed group, according to the information we…

Environmental Activists of Hawizeh Marshes Decry Poor Management of Iraq’s Wetlands

Straddling the Iran-Iraq border lie the Hawizeh Marshes, a complex of wetlands in Iraq’s Maysan Governorate, fed by the Tigris River in Iraq and the Karkeh River in…

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Into Thin Air: New Report by Save the Tigris Examines Evaporation Losses From Dam Reservoirs in Iraq

Save the Tigris have published an original research report on evaporation losses from dam reservoirs in Iraq. Water stored behind dams can actually cause an overall loss of water due to high evaporation rates during the summer months. Despite its major impacts, this phenomenon has been under-reported in policy debates and research. Our report examines the impact of the evaporation on stored water in Iraq, with estimates of evaporation losses of dam reservoirs.

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