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 is March 22, World Water Day. In these days we are going through, as the pressure on the natural resources and societies aggravate, World Water Day is not a day that we celebrate but rather a day that we take action in order to protect our water and right to it as well as for justice and life around the world. Middle East... [Read More...]

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 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…]  Read More →

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 water, gathered in October 2014 in Dakar at the African Social Forum. We are fighting and protesting against natural resource grabbing, especially water and land grabbing of our Commons, and against the systematic violations of the associated human rights. Sharing our ideas led to acknowledgement of the essential linkage... [Read More...]

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 on behalf of the Water Right Campaign from Turkey which has is formed after the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul 2009. I am in South Korea additionally on behalf of the municipality of Diyarbakir, the biggest city in Turkish-Kurdistan. This is not contradictory as Diyarbakir and other cities in my region are ruled mainly... [Read More...]

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 statements that we were taught at school. It was presented – in a nationalist fashion – as something to be proud of. With the coastal length of 8333 km (more than 74% of country border) Turkey might be deserving such special emphasis. But what does all this mean for us? Can we enjoy the sea surrounding us,... [Read More...]

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 and society. [Read More…]  Read More →

Rivers for life

Akgün Ilhan, Turkish Review, 1 November 2013, In association with the member organizations of the Damocracy movement, Doga Derneği (Turkey partner of BirdLife International) held an international conference in İstanbul on May 18, 2013, focusing on the socio-ecological impacts of large dams. [Read More…]  Read More →

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 our commons and right to water”. [Read More…]  Read More →

No Democracy Without Water Justice! Defending Our Commons & Right to Water

Panel & Forum 2 November 2013, Saturday, Hour: 13.00-18.00 Taxim Hill Hotel / Taksim (Istanbul) 1st Session: Water for life, not for TOMA[*]! Taksim Square is where the worldwide known Gezi Protests broke out in June 2013 in Turkey. Taksim means distrubition in Arabic and Turkish. There is a three centruies old water cistern called ‘Taksim Maksemi’ in the very same square. This cistern was used for distributing water coming from different... [Read More...]

Right to water: From peoples’ rights to rivers’ rights

The world has been facing a severe water crisis. One out three people in the world does not have enough water for meeting his/her basic needs such as drinking and cleaning. [Read More…]  Read More →

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