Drought in Turkey: A social or a physical phenomenon?
Drought, if not anticipated and managed properly, has complex impacts on both nature and society. Yet official declarations by the Turkish state regarding drought all relate to increasing water supply - often at high economic and environmental costs - rather than effective drought management. Without combating its root causes, especially anthropogenic ones, drought is likely to be among the worst problems Turkey will face in the near future.
No Democracy Without Water Justice! Defending Our Commons & Right to Water
Water becomes the State’s instrument for opressing people and their basic demands. Water becomes not only that, but also the corporate powers’ instrument for making profit. Water is part of our commons. All living beings should have equal access to it. This basic right cannot be violated by any power group!
The support for “We Demand Right to Water!” is growing world-wide
A fruitful press conference took place on the 17th of October 2012 in Istanbul, which tells us that participation to the "We Demand Right to Water!" campaign will be growing every day.
Press Conference: We demand right to water!
Right to Water Campaign is launching, on the 17th of October 2012, a nation-wide petition campaign to enforce the Turkish Government to include “human right to water and sanitation” in the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey.
Iran’s Dam Policy and the Case of the Lake Urmia
There is much public criticism over the intense dam building policy and its impacts. In particular, the case of the Lake Urmia has led to hot debates and many protests within the Iranian society regarding the destructive dams in the country.
Akgun 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 moreWhat is in a park?
Source: 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 moreInternational Rivers Conference exposes global impact of dam industry
Source: 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 moreInternational activists block Ilisu Dam construction site
Source: 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