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7+8th of May: Hasankeyf and Tigris Symposium

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Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley Symposium – Final Program

7 and 8 May 2016, Batman and Hasankeyf

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Final Declaration of 1st Ecology Conference (April 23-24, Wan)

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Final Declaration of the 1st Conference held on April 23-24, 2016, in Wan – North Kurdistan

On April 23 and 24, 2016, the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM) held its first conference in the city of Wan (Van). One hundred delegates participated, coming from the provinces Amed (Diyarbakir), Dîlok (Gaziantep), Riha (Sanliurfa), Merdîn, Muş, Wan, Elih (Batman), Siirt, Dersîm, and Bedlîs (Bitlis) in Turkey.


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PR: Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

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Press Release, 16 March 2016

The historic town of Hasankeyf, located on the Upper Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, has been selected as one of Europe’s “7 Most Endangered” heritage sites for 2016. The announcement, which noted that Hasankeyf is one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites, was made today in Venice by Europa Nostra, Europe’s leading heritage organization, and the European Investment Bank Institute. Read the rest of this entry »

Dams and democracy: has the last word been said on Hasankeyf?

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That modernization will provide a remedy to all ills is a founding Turkish Republican idea that has proven to be also the most resilient one.

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Signature Campaign for Right to Water

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The Water Right Campaign, based in Istanbul and also initiated by us, has started a turkeywide signature campaign for the right to water on the level of local authorities. For signature see:


Ancient city of Hasankeyf in Turkey among the 14 most endangered heritage sites in Europe

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The Hague / Luxembourg, 10 December 2015 – Europa Nostra, the leading
European heritage organisation, and the European Investment Bank
Institute announce today the 14 monuments and sites shortlisted for ‘The
7 Most Endangered’ programme 2016 by an international panel of experts
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Report on Forest Fires

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Report on Forest Fires in North Kurdistan (South East Turkey)


To the international public!

We would like to share a report on the forest fores which occured in North Kurdistan between July and September 2015. An international delegation, which has been established after our call, has investigated these fires which have torched more than 10.000 hectares of forest and additionally fruit and vegetable gardens in dozen of villages.

Here you can download the report and its attachment:



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Big Jump in Hasankeyf!

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Today in Hasankeyf the Big Jump has been organized by us in cooperation with Mesopotamian Ecology Movement. Dozen of people came together with banners and protested the Ilisu Dam.DSC_0059_20150712_Hasankeyf Big Jump

Questions for the parliament candidates

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Today the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has sent a catalogue of questions to the candidates of the four big political parties in five provinces (Batman, Siirt, Diyarbakir, Mardin and Sirnak) which would be affected by the destructive Ilisu Dam. The candidates have been requested to answer until the 2nd of June.

PR: Ilisu Protest action in Dargecit hindered

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A protest action against the Ilisu Dam in the town of Dargecit (Kerboran) is confronted with repression. The youth of DBP (Democratic Regions Party) has started this protest on the 13th of April 2015 in order to raise attention against the ongoing construction of the Ilisu Dam.

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Tunis WSF 2015: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles

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Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle

Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles (Tunis, 28 March 2015) Read the rest of this entry »

Everybody is called to come to Ilisu on March 29

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We will organize a protest action at the Ilisu Dam Site on the 29th of March. Everybody is invited to join us in order to protest the destructive Ilisu Dam Project.

March to Ilisu on 28th March

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We call everybody to join our march to the Ilisu dam construction site on the 28th of March. This call is to everybody who wants to protest the Ilisu dam which would have grave social, ecological and cultural impacts on dozen of thousands of people in the flood area and millions of people in Iraq.

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive and Mesopotamian Ecology Movement