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

1st Day: 7 May 2016; Location: Yilmaz Güney Cinema, Batman

10.15-10.30: Welcome speech by Batman co-mayor Gülistan Akel and by the mayor of Hasankeyf Abdulvahap Kusen

10.30-12.30, 1st session: Hasankeyf and World Heritage

Moderator: Nevin Soyukaya, Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality, Department for Cultural Heritage and Tourism: Lessons learned from the inscription of the Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens on the Unesco World Heritage List

Speakers: Ertuğrul Günay, Minister for Culture and Tourism between 2007 and 2011: Approach of the government on Hasankeyf

Prof. Dr. Gülriz Kozbe: Geomorphology of the Tigris Valley and the first settlement sites of Hasankeyf

Prof. Zeynep Ahunbay, Architect, former Europa Nostra Turkey chairperson and former Istanbul Technical University professor: Hasankeyf and the Unesco World heritage criteria

Dr. Serhat Harman, Batman University: Hasankeyf and Potentials of Cultural Tourism

Dr. Düzgün Cakirca, Batman University: What we loose with the Ilisu Dam?

12.30-13.30: Lunch break

13.30-15.00, 2nd session: Impacts of the Ilisu Dam on people, nature and economy

Moderator: Prof. Ayla Akat, KJA Association Chairperson

Participants: Prof. Murat Biricik, Biologist, Dicle University Diyarbakir: Ecological impacts of the Ilisu Dam

Selahattin Güvenc, former Göc-Der chairperson in the Mediterranean Area: Displacement and social impacts

Murat Tekin, Inhabitant from Hasankeyf: Impacts of the Ilisu Dam on the population of Hasankeyf

15.00-15.30: Tea and coffee break

15.30-17.30, 3rd session: Struggles against the Ilisu Dam

Moderator: Gülistan Akel, Chairperson of the city council of Batman

Participants: Kemal Vural Doğan, Lawyer: Legal struggles against the Ilisu Dam

Veysi Ayhan, Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: Struggle of affected people and local actors against the Ilisu Dam and for the conservation of Hasankeyf

Dicle Tuba Kılıç, Doga Dernegi (Nature Association), Istanbul: Experiences and results of the campaign against the Ilisu Dam

Özkan Sun, Hasankeyf Matters: Value of Hasankeyf, Save Hasankeyf

Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Baghdad: Impact of the Ilisu Dam on Iraq and campaign against the Ilisu Dam

2nd Day, 8 May 2016; location: Hasankeyf

10.00-12.00, Forum on Hasankeyf

Moderator: Recep Kavus, Batman Environment Association

Participants: People of Hasankeyf

Abdulvahap Kusen, Mayor of Hasankeyf

Mustafa Bayram, Co-Mayor of Halfeti/Urfa which has been flooded partly by the Birecik Dam

People from Hasankeyf

Dam affected people from Halfeti

Dam affected people from Dersim

12.00-13.00: Nature Walk in Hasankeyf

13.00-14.00: Lunch

Organizer: Batman City Council