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Iraq: Kurdish Dam Building Spree Threatens Fragile Water Supplies

Via Future Directions International, a report on how planned Kurdish dams may impact Iraq’s fragile water supply: A proposal to build several  dams in Iraqi Kurdistan has sparked concerns that new dams in the region could lead to further water shortages in the rest of Iraq, as well as concerns that the proposed dams could cause significant damage […]

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Afghanistan and Iran: From Water Treaty To Water Dispute

Via The Interpreter, a report on how a dam near completion on the Helmand River in Afghanistan is at the centre of a disagreement over water rights: With an estimated 75 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water annually, Afghanistan is, on paper, a self-sufficient water country. However, the country also “has one of the lowest levels of water storage capacity in […]

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Iraqi Kurdistan Faces Water ‘Catastrophe’ As Iran Cuts Off Rivers

Via Middle East Eye, a report on how Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing a humanitarian crisis due to Iran’s dam projects and water resources diversion: Iraqi Kurdistan has suffered its fair share of water crises over the decades, but experts warn that a catastrophe is now looming large as Iran blocks major water supplies from the […]

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As Neighbors Build Dams, Iraqi Rivers Dry Up

Via Terra Daily, a report on the impact of Iran and Turkish dams on Iraq’s water supply: With its neighbours activating new dams, Iraq’s historic twin rivers could run dry — unless new infrastructure projects and tense talks with Turkey and Iran bear fruit. Nowhere is the effect on the country more palpable than in […]

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Iraq Warns Of River Flow Drop From Iran

Via The Frontier Post, a report on reduced river flow into Iraq from Iran:  Iraq on Saturday warned of a significant drop in water flows from the Sirwan and Little Zab rivers coming from northeastern Iran. Awni Diab, a spokesman for the Water Resources Ministry, said the drop in water flows from the two rivers […]

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Iran: Impact of Decades of Unsustainable Water Use

Via The Conversation, a look at the impact that decades of unsustainable water use has had in Iran: Salt storms are an emerging threat for millions of people in north-western Iran, thanks to the catastrophe of Lake Urmia. Once one of the world’s largest salt lakes, and still the country’s largest lake, Urmia is now barely […]

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