High Tensions, Low Waters

Iran’s ongoing Tropical Water Project, which includes 14 dams, has heightened tensions over water security with Iraq, where water resources are running low partly due to Iraq’s dam-building strategy. 
The combined effects of climate change and water shortages are forcing farmers in Iraqi Kurdistan to abandon water-intensive crops and, in some cases, import produce from Iran to sell. 
Ironically, the Kurdish Regional Government’s response to Iran’s dams project was to start their own. One critic is environmental activist Ali Alkharki, who works with the advocacy campaign Save the Tigris. “The truth is you cannot fight dams by doing the same,” he says.

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