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The Global Dam Industry: Lessons to Learn

Article no: EN20080920-Article-5.4-2008

The Global Dam Industry: Lessons to Learn

The high drama over Turkey's Ilisu Dam continues. A new report by the official monitoring team demonstrates that the project continues to violate the conditions under which Austria, Germany and Switzerland agreed to fund the project. Ilisu has become a test case for the dam industry's efforts to strengthen the social and environmental acceptability of its projects, writes Peter Bosshard.

The Ilisu Dam on the Tigris will displace 55,000-65,000 Kurdish people, drown the 10,000-years-old city of Hasankeyf, and cause extensive environmental damage. Faced with strong opposition from affected people and civil society groups, the governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland in March 2007 only approved export credits for the project under 153 conditions. Three committees of experts are monitoring the implementation of these conditions in regards to resettlement, the environment, and cultural impacts ...

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