Protecting the right to water and practice democratic participatory decision-making over water management
Shared water resources become a tool for lasting peace between the different communities of the region
Water management policies and projects are socially and ecologically just and build resilient and equitable societies in Mesopotamia
The region has adapted to the reality of climate change and contributes to address the root causes of climate change
The cultural and natural heritage of the Tigris-Euphrates basin is preserved on the basis of a common Mesopotamian identity
All Mesopotamian water resources are drinkable, fishable and swimmable
For a deeper understanding of our objectives, please refer to our Terms of Reference.
Exchanging and building networks
Our advocacy and awareness activities focus on the protection of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the sustainable and democratic use of water resources of the basin. Some of our advocacy efforts focus on specific topics such as large dams or the protection of the Iraqi Marshes wetlands. They involve relevant actors: local communities, civil society organizations and activists, international NGOs and donors, media, authorities, academics, research centers and others. Activities have included meetings with policy-makers, university seminars, clean-ups of rivers, festivals among others.
Mesopotamian Water Forum
Benefits for the Region
Save the Tigris Foundation believes in the integral role that civil societies can play toward the protection and equitable use of watercourses and water resources. Our work, alongside local movements, organizations and communities aims to bridge the gaps left by the lack of transparency from top-level actors and absence of inclusive, democratic participation in decision-making processes.
Communities and movements are empowered through training, increased access to information and research, and support and solidarity from international actors, but are respected in their autonomy and the strength of their own voice and mission.
Rivers know no boundaries. In facilitating cross-border information sharing and research, in organizing events such as the Mesopotamian Water Forum, and in bringing groups together, Save the Tigris Foundation’s international advocacy platform addresses key concerns in the region to the benefit of many who are facing increasing uncertainty over their access to clean water, their livelihoods and their homelands.
An overview of the key actions accomplished by the campaign since its foundation in 2012
- Addressed the protection of the Iraqi Marshes directly with UNESCO and country delegations through annual high-level meetings, open letters and reports
- Trained over 200 Iraqi youth in environmental campaigning
- Established a network in 11 Iraqi cities to advocate and conduct activities targeting local actors
- Published 8 original research reports on dam construction, pollution and other topics on water resources in the Tigris-Euphrates basin
- Published 47 press statements and open letters to advocate for protection of the Tigris-Euphrates rivers
- Conducted a 4-day edition of the Mesopotamian Water Forum, and a virtual edition, attended by over 200 civil society representatives
- Organized over 20 cleanups of Tigris river tributaries
- Conducted 9 festivals and youth camps in Iraq in the framework of Iraqi Water Week and other events
- Organized multiple exchanges between activists from Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Southern Iraq to encourage cooperation
- Appeared at least 48 times in international media to highlight the water crisis in Mesopotamia
- Fostered the participation of Iraqi CSOs in international networks
- Monitored the water crisis in various Iraqi cities and regions across Mesopotamia through data collection and data exchange
- Disseminated our reports with policymakers in the region and with international institutions
- Conducted public events and actions such as music, seminars or manifestations to bring to attention water scarcity and the impacts of climate change in Mesopotamia