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One year after Europe’s withdrawal from the Ilisu project: new hope for Hasankeyf despite restart of construction
Turkey, Jul 13 2010
One year after Europe's withdrawal from the Ilisu project: new hope for Hasankeyf despite restart of construction
One year ago on July 8th 2009 Germany, Austria and Switzerland quit their contracts concerning the Ilisu dam project with Turkey. In spring 2010 Turkey restarted construction on the Tigris river. But now there is new hope that the ancient city of Hasankeyf does not have to be destroyed by a giant reservoir. A new study, presented on July 6th at an international conference at the renowned Technical University of Ankara, shows that the same amount of electricity could be generated in an alternative Ilisu project which would not destroy the historic town. The idea is to build five smaller dams instead of one mega-dam: http://m-h-s.org/ilisu/upload/PDF/2010/Alternativprojekt.pdf
The benefits of this alternative would be:
It is still unclear if the Turkish government is de facto considering this new proposal as an alternative. "We welcome this suggestion by the University of Ankara. It shows that it is possible to generate electicty and to save Hasankeyf at the same time", said Ulrich Eichelmann from the Stop Ilisu Campaign.
The controversy around the Ilisu dam project has also lead to a change in Turkish civil society. For the first time many NGOs and citizen initiatives have united, forming a "Water Parliament" to stop Turkey's destructive environmental and water politics under the leadership of Turkey's environmental minister Veysel Eroglu. "Ilisu shows many people and organisations how important and meaningful their engagement is. Despite the restart of construction on site, ‘Ilisu' can be a milestone in the development of Turkish civil society", Mr. Eichelmann stated.
Summary of the most important events since July 2009
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