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Türkei: Neue Hoffnung für Hasankeyf

Mittwoch, Juli 14th, 2010

One year after Europe’s withdrawal from the Ilisu project: new hope for Hasankeyf despite restart of construction

By ECA Watch Austria

One year after Europe’s withdrawal from the Ilisu project: new hope for Hasankeyf despite restart of construction

One year ago on July 8th 2009 Germany, Austria and Switzerland quit their contracts concerning the Ilisu dam project with Turkey. In spring 2010 Turkey restarted construction on the Tigris river. But now there is new hope that the ancient city of Hasankeyf does not have to be destroyed by a giant reservoir. A new study, presented on July 6th at an international conference at the renowned Technical University of Ankara, shows that the same amount of electricity could be generated in an alternative Ilisu project which would not destroy the historic town. The idea is to build five smaller dams instead of one mega-dam:

The benefits of this alternative would be:

● construction costs would be lower
● the area to be flooded would be reduced by 27%
● Hasankeyf would not diappear in the reservoir
● the same amount of electricity would be generated

It is still unclear if the Turkish government is de facto considering this new proposal as an alternative. “We welcome this suggestion by the University of Ankara. It shows that it is possible to generate electicty and to save Hasankeyf at the same time”, said Ulrich Eichelmann from the Stop Ilisu Campaign.

The controversy around the Ilisu dam project has also lead to a change in Turkish civil society. For the first time many NGOs and citizen initiatives have united, forming a “Water Parliament” to stop Turkey’s destructive environmental and water politics under the leadership of Turkey’s environmental minister Veysel Eroglu. “Ilisu shows many people and organisations how important and meaningful their engagement is. Despite the restart of construction on site, ‘Ilisu’ can be a milestone in the development of Turkish civil society”, Mr. Eichelmann stated.


Summary of the most important events since July 2009

● On July 8th 2009 Germany, Austria and Switzerland declare their withdrawal from the Ilisu Project, as project conditions were not fulfilled by Turkey and international standards were not met.
● The three countries make a recommendation to the European banks and construction firms involved to also withdraw from ‘Ilisu’. The European banks and construction firms follow this recommendation – with the exception of  the Austrian company Andritz AG. Turkey announces the continuation of the project.
● In December 2009 we receive information on the possible involvement of China in the projct. However, in Spring 2010, the Chinese ambassador in Ankara clarifies that there will be no Chinese involvement in the project.Just recently a Chinese newspaper even critizised the project openly:Þ&ie=UTF-8&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=
● In Spring 2010 Turkey restarts construction in Ilisu.
● Resistance: for the first time numerous NGOs and civil society initiatives in Turkey  unite and form the „Water Parliament”. Their goal is to stop Turkey’s delusional dam policies (Turkey plans to build over 1,000 new dams, which would lead to the destruction of all Turkish wetlands).
● On February 10th 2010 the European Parliament demands in an resolution that Turkey  halt the construction of the Ilisu dam.
● Beginning of April 2010 111 Scientists from University of Istanbul request that the Turkish government not build ‚Ilisu’.
● On April 23rd Sabanci Dincer, head of Akbank, declares that the Turkish bank will finance Ilisu, but will in the future take the ecological and social impact much more into account when deciding about project financing.
● Beginning of May an international workshop in Hasankeyf shows an alternative vision for the ancient town if there is no Ilisu dam. Also participating: the Technihal University of Vienna. Students of TU Vienna present their architectural concepts for Hasankeyf.
● In June 2010 Austrian Andritz AG announces that they have signed new contracts with the government of Turkey. For a sum of 340 million Euro the company remains the only big European enterprise in the project.
● End of June: numerous NGOs (‚Water Parliament’) protest in Ankara against environmental minister Eroglu’s water politics and demand his resignation.
● On July 6th the Technical University in Ankara presents an alternative concept for the Ilisu project at an international energy conference in Ankara. If this concept were to be applied, Hasankeyf would be saved.


Ulrich Eichelmann, Stop Ilisu Campaign


(Quelle: BankTrack.)

Türkei: Ilisu-Staudamm: Vertreibung ohne wirkliche Entschädigung

Montag, Juni 7th, 2010

“New Scandals in Ilisu Project

Expropriations in Ilisu village without adequate compensation

According to information from the ‘Initiative to keep Hasankeyf alive’, the inhabitants of Ilisu village are to be resettled in two months time. It has now become clear that this will threaten their material existence; they will have to pay 50,000 Turkish Lira (ca. 25,000 Euro) more for their new houses than what they receive in compensation from the Turkish state. While they receive max. 20,000 TRY in compensation, the new houses will cost them 70,000 TRY.

‘The people in Ilisu are in despair. Even those who used to be in favour of the dam are now against it’, reported Ipek Tasli from the Initiative, who spoke to inhabitants of Ilisu a few days ago. State authorities had promised, that the inhabitants would become employed on the construction site, but now they mostly employ workers from other regions in Turkey.

Once their land is flooded, the inhabitants of Ilisu who survive primarily on agriculture will have no source of income left. It is questionable how they should then pay the loans for their new houses. Already now they are not able to use parts of their land, as they have already been closed off for construction. The inhabitants have not received any compensation for this land yet.

‘The Austrian company Andritz shares responsibility for this fiasco, if it does not withdraw from the project’, commented Thomas Wenidoppler from ECA Watch Austria. Only a few weeks ago it became official that Andritz will be the only European company to remain in the project. All other European partners have followed the recommendations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, who pulled out of ‘Ilisu’ in July 2009 because Turkey had not fulfilled project conditions on resettlement, cultural heritage and environmental issues.

Turkey has also broken another promise in the Ilisu project; an article in Hurriyet Daily News from May 24th reported that the antique bridge and El Rizk Mosque will not be spared from perishing in the Ilisu dam reservoir. Until now Turkish authorities had always ensured that they ‘save’ Hasankeyf’s cultural heritage by moving its twelve most important monuments to an Archeology Park close by. The new plan only speaks of building replicas.

‘Prime Minister Erdogan’s full-bodied promises turn out to be mere delaying tactics in order to appease project critics’, said Heike Drillisch, Coordinator of the German network CounterCurrent. It seems as if Mr. Erdogan does not attach much importance to either the cultural heritage or to the international reputation of his country.’ Numerous Turkish and international celebrities and parliamentarians as well as the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) have spoken out for the preservation of Hasankeyf.’

Link to article in Hürriyet Daily News:


Further Information:
Thomas Wenidoppler – ECA Watch Austria: +43 650 822 52 00
Ercan Ayboga — Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: +49 163 7577 847

Heike Drillisch — CounterCurrent: +49 177 3452 611

(Quelle: BankTrack.)