Tag: rivers

    Palestinian olives and Egyptian mangoes: The crops climate change threatens
    18 Dec 2021

    Middle East Eye takes a look at some of the produce that has already been impacted by climate change in the region. Let’s check it. *** Many of the world’s most important food-growing countries are facing the consequences of climate change, and states in the Middle East and North Africa are no exception.  Rising temperatures […]

    Thames is no longer a dead place: there are sharks and seals again. In 1957, the river was declared “biologically dead”

    Specialists of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have been monitoring the ecology of the Thames and its estuary for many years. In 1957, the river was declared “biologically dead”, but already in the 1990s, the situation began to improve, National Geographic states. In the early 2000s, the Thames Marine Mammal Sightings Survey (TMMSS) program […]

    Thousands protest in a dry riverbed in central Iran

    Thousands of Iranians gathered in a dried-up riverbed in the central city of Isfahan to protest mismanagement of water resources, state media reported. Farmers and their supporters carried signs reading “Where is my Zayandeh River?” as they stood on the cracked ground where the Zayandehrood River once flowed, next to the famous Khaju bridge, Rudaw […]

    Before the flood: Turkey’s new dam set to wash away past despite uncertain future

    Turkey’s new Ilisu dam will flood villages and ancient sites. In Iraq, it could also deepen a water crisis, Middle East Eye warned in 2019. The Ilısu Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Tigris near the village of Ilısu and along the border of Mardin and Şırnak Provinces in Turkey. It is one […]

    Water crisis forces Iraq to reduce winter crop area further

    This year, Iraq will halve its cultivation area for winter crops as the country tries to conserve water amid a crippling shortage that shows no sign of abating. The shortage is caused by insufficient rainfall and dams built on major rivers in Turkey and Iran, The National News states. The decision, announced by the Ministry […]

    In India, the government recognized rivers as living beings. In many other countries, they received the status of a legal entity

    Indian government recognized rivers as living beings to protect watercourses at the legal level. Both eco-activists and the indigenous people are fighting for this. In order for this movement to gain worldwide recognition, a special Declaration of the Rights of the Rivers was developed, which anyone can sign. (You can see on the cover the […]

    How Egypt’s water feeds the Gulf

    This story about the acquisition of Egypt’s natural resources to secure Gulf food was made possible by Madamasr with support from InfoNile and Pulitzer Center. Let’s get to know what it is about. *** Vast expanses of green extend across the horizon, tended by the advanced machinery that has replaced hundreds of agricultural workers. The […]

    Why do the 11 countries that rely on the Nile need to reach a river deal soon

    More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains over 10% of Africa’s landmass in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their […]

    Talk about the environmental and economic impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    With a current water volume of around 7 billion cubic meters retained in the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and an agreement on its initial filling and operation still beyond reach, Egypt and Sudan remain concerned about the future usage of downstream Nile flow. Egypt has resorted to diplomatic efforts to leverage pressure […]

    Environment a Victim of War in Iraq, Syria

    The war in Syria has been ferocious and deadly. In 2016, the death toll was estimated at 400,000. In Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State (IS) has destroyed cities and displaced around 3.3 million people. Yet beyond the immediate consequences of these conflicts, the environmental degradation in both countries could have a far-reaching impact. […]