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Press statement on World Water Day 2016 Press statement on World Water Day 2016

On World Water Day (22nd March) 2016, we are not remaining quiet: We are defending our water, our right to water and life! Today... 

Water grabbing in Lake Sapanca, Turkey Water grabbing in Lake Sapanca, Turkey

Akgun Ilhan, Entitle Blog, 9 July 2015, A landslide hazard on 30 May 2015 in the Lake Sapanca basin revealed the uncomfortable... 

Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles (Tunis, 28 March 2015) Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles (Tunis, 28 March 2015)

We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defence of the rights to land and... 

Ercan Ayboga’s speech (Right to Water Campaign, Turkey)  Ercan Ayboga’s speech (Right to Water Campaign, Turkey) 

13.04.2015, Alternative Water Forum, Daegu, South Korea Dear participants, activists, first of all I would like to greet you warmly... 

Waves of privatisation on our coasts: Insights from Turkey Waves of privatisation on our coasts: Insights from Turkey

Akgun Ilhan, 7 July 2014, Avgi – Ecotrives, “Turkey is surrounded on three sides by the sea”. This was one of the first... 

Drought in Turkey: A social or a physical phenomenon? Drought in Turkey: A social or a physical phenomenon?

Akgun Ilhan, Turkish Review 4(3), May 2014, Drought, if not anticipated and managed properly, has complex impacts on both nature... 

Rivers for life Rivers for life

Akgün Ilhan, Turkish Review, 1 November 2013, In association with the member organizations of the Damocracy movement, Doga Derneği... 

No Democracy Without Water Justice! No Democracy Without Water Justice!

Right to Water Campaign organised, 2 November 2013, a panel and forum under the name “No democracy without water justice! Defending... 

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Water grabbing in Lake Sapanca, Turkey

Sapanca water pipesAkgun Ilhan, Entitle Blog, 9 July 2015, A landslide hazard on 30 May 2015 in the Lake Sapanca basin revealed the uncomfortable truth about the scale of illegal water grabbing in Turkey. Hundreds of buried pipes used by various water bottling companies for illegal extraction of water from Lake Sapanca were laid bare. Read more

What is in a park?

taksim resistanceSource: Researchturkey.org - 2 June 2013 – “Imagine … the dawn of the 13th day of the occupation … you’re tired, not sleeping or eating too great … you’ve been harassed, maybe tear gassed and beaten. Read more

International Rivers Conference exposes global impact of dam industry

International Rivers ConferenceSource: Doga Dernegi, 19 May 2013,

Dam-affected communities and international conservation organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Africa come together today at the International Rivers Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to debunk the myth of mega-dams as ‘clean’ energy. Read more

International activists block Ilisu Dam construction site

img_6302Source: Doğa Dernegi, 23 May 2013,

Representatives of dam-affected communities and international organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Africa today blocked the entrance to the construction site of the Ilisu dam in southeast Turkey demanding an end to the controversial development that would sink an ancient city dating back to the Bronze Age. Read more

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