Turkey begins construction of Ilisu dam amid concerns over displacement, cultural & environmental impacts

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7 August 2006

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive

We are leading a struggle against the Ilisu dam project planned to be built on the Tigris river, because construction of this dam will: flood the ancient city Hasankeyf...displace up to 78.000 people... fail to improve the socio-economic living conditions in the region...not be based on a participatory framework...

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5 August 2006

Turkey dam project back to haunt Kurds

Author: Laura Smith-Spark, BBC

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to attend an inauguration ceremony for the proposed Ilisu dam on Saturday, despite continuing concerns over its impact on people living in the area...opponents believe it will devastate the area's environment and cultural heritage, as well as displacing more than 50,000 people... opponents say little has changed since questions over planning and legal issues caused the project's financial backing to collapse four years ago. British construction firm Balfour Beatty and Swiss bank UBS, part of the European-Turkish consortium involved, pulled out amid international concerns about the project's social and environmental impact. A new consortium has now been formed, headed by Austrian firm VA Tech Hydro, but its applications for export credit guarantees from the Austrian, Swiss and German governments have not yet been decided.

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21 November 2001

Keeping international standards and conditions is a necessity for pursuing the Ilisu project in Turkey

Author: VA Tech Hydro

The Ilisu Hydro Power Plant Project on the Tigris river, which has been planned by the Turkish government, has been discussed for a while due to possible social, cultural and ecological damages. These are amongst others related to the relocation of inhabitants of some villages, to a partial inundation of archaeological sites by the reservoir as well as to a disturbance of the ecological balance of the area. This is the reason why already two years ago the bidder consortium – including VA TECH HYDRO... - and financial institutions have launched an environmental and social study covering these topics.

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