Report on the current status of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project and the counter campaigns
Since its initiation the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project is highly controversial both at the ground at the Tigris in the Kurdistan region of the Republic of Turkey and in whole basin up to the Mesopotamian Marshes in South Iraq. Recently the Turkish government announced recently that on 10th June 2019 it will start filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir which is nearing completion. This paper gives an overview about the expected grave social, cultural and ecological impacts and the ongoing counter struggles at local, regional and international level which have the hope to stop it.
On September 11, 2017 the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has published a new report on the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Project. It includes the general description and the current situation of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Powerplant Project. It gives the basics for interested people working politically on the Ilisu Project, one of the most controversial dams worldwide as it would lead to grave social, cultural and ecological impacts in a larger region. To download the report click the following link:
The IMDC (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre) has published a report in July 2017 on the displacement of people by the Ilisu Dam Project. You can see the report here:
The following report compares Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris with the UNESCO criteria. According to this scientific report Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris have an outstanding universal value and fulfill 9 of 10 criteria of UNESCO. See report:
On 13th July 2010 a big rock mass broke out from the bedrock in approximately 100 m east of the small palace at the access region to the rock castle in the antique city Hasankeyf and one person died as a result. After the incident with the joint decision of Governorship of the province Batman, District and Police directorate, the two roads, which goes to the castle from the old bazaar/city and to riverside on the southern side of the Tigris River with many restaurants, have been closed to human and vehicle traffic. Through this decision the most parts of the historical Hasankeyf city can not be accessed any more by public and tourists.