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Tigris: Iraq’s Mighty River Drying Up

Via Al Monitor, an article on the Tigris: It was the river that is said to have watered the biblical Garden of Eden and helped give birth to civilisation itself. But today the Tigris is dying. Human activity and climate change have choked its once mighty flow through Iraq, where — with its twin river […]

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Iraqi Kurd Farmers Battle Drought As Lake Dukan Retreats

Via Space War, an article on Iraqi Kurd farmers battling drought as Lake Dukan retreats: Farmers in Iraqi Kurdistan seeking to irrigate crops face seeing their economic lifeline slip away as the waters of Lake Dukan recede and dams upstream in Iran stem the flow. Bapir Kalkani, who is also a trade unionist, farms near the […]

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Iraq Asks Turkey To Release More Water

Via Terra Daily, an article on Iraq’s request to Turkey to release more water: Iraq on Saturday asked Ankara to increase the flow of water downstream along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, as both countries face droughts and tensions over resource management. Baghdad regularly complains that dams constructed in neighbouring countries impact its river levels. Water […]

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Iraqi Water Ministry Moves To File Lawsuit Against Iran Over Water Policy

Via The National, an article on the Iraqi water ministry’s moves to file a lawsuit against Iran: Iraq has completed procedures to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against Iran’s water policy. The construction of dams in upstream Turkey, Syria and Iran has choked off some of the flow of the Tigris and Euphrates over the […]

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International Hydro-Diplomacy

Via The Stimson Center, an article on a call to action on transboundary water governance in the Himalayan region, Central Asia, and the Euphrates-Tigris river basin: Water, a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce, is critical in sustaining human life. The last century has witnessed a multifold increase in global water demand despite its waning availability. […]

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Proposed Dams Strain Water Politics in Iraq

Via Deutsche Welle, a report on how – while scientists warn of their negative impact on biodiversity – the autonomous Kurdistan Region is building multiple dams to respond to water insecurity: Over the last 30 years, Jassim Al-Asadi has witnessed the Mesopotamian Marshes of southern Iraq where he was born undergo dramatic changes.  Once the […]

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