While I have seriously neglected environmental issues on this blog, something inherently related to politics, I have decided to post this very important petition. It is a petition written to UNESCO World Heritage Committee, to save the ancient ruins of Hasankeyf in face of being flooded as a result of the construction of a dam. Equally importantly, it is also to support the right of local residents to continue to live on their land and keep their current homes and prevent thier forced resettlement. This campaign has been going on for years and it is important to keep the pressure up.
According to the petition:
The tremendous cultural and natural heritage of Mesopotamia is in great danger due to the construction of the Ilisu Dam on the Turkish stretch of the Tigris River. Designed to impound an area of more than 310 km², it would impact the right to food and water of thousands of people in and around the planned reservoir as well as downstream. It also threatens precious riverine ecosystems hosting numerous endangered species, hundreds of archaeological sites including the ancient town of Hasankeyf in Turkey, as well as the Mesopotamian Marshes in Iraq.
We are deeply concerned about the impacts of the Ilisu Dam Project constructed on the Tigris River by the Turkish government.
Here is the link: petition