Mesopotamian Water Forum

The Mesopotamian Water Forum is an alternative civil society forum for water, an open space to give voice to those who are marginalized and excluded from the discussion about water management in the Tigris-Euphrates basin. It involves civil society actors from the entire region of Mesopotamia within the states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria. The Forum provides a space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamian region, with particular emphasis on the issue of water rights in the Mesopotamian context. The Forum proposes a framework for a water policy which is based on social and ecological principles, such as participation and sustainability.

Mission and identity

Learn more about the goals and the mechanisms of the Mesopotamian Water Forum.

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Virtual assembly

From 16-17 May 2020 the Virtual Assembly of the Mesopotamian Water Forum took place online. With the world in the grip of the Covid-19 crisis, and the countries of the Tigris-Euphrates under lockdown, this 2-day assembly an opportunity to connect digitally and express solidarity across the basin countries.

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The first edition

The 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum took place from April 6-8, 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. More than 180 water activists from the Mesopotamia region and other countries gathered for the 3-day forum at Sulaimani University.

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Water Forum news

A stream of news related to the Mesopotamian Water Forum. Includes articles related to past editions, assemblies, solidarity actions and the Mesopotamian ecological identity.