A first for Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project

Hasankeyf

Hasankeyf

Three European credit agencies have backed out of Turkey’s massive Ilisu dam project. Turkey claims it will back the 1200 megawatt dam with its own money despite local and international protest over its inability to meet World Bank Standards on human rights, cultural heritage and the environment.

From right: translator Metin Baran, and Hasankeyf residents Halil Güzel and Abduhlah Erididil,

From right: translator Metin Baran, and Hasankeyf residents Halil Güzel and Abduhlah Erididil

Last year I travelled to Hasankeyf -a 10,000 year old village set to be flooded – to talk to the villagers and see what would be lost if the dam were to be built. It was tough to get the piece published as editors claimed they were “awash in dam stories,” but with the recent news of the pull out, the New York Times Green Inc. blog took the story.

Check it out: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/turkish-dam-loses-european-creditors

Ataturk dam

The Ataturk dam - the first dam in the Southeastern Anatolia project

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One response to “A first for Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project

  1. This is a good write-up, I was wondering if I could use this article on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away.

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