A Review of the Hydrologic and Geomorphic Impacts of the Proposed Ilisu Dam

by Philip Williams & Associates

first published 31 August 2001

Before granting export credits to the companies which want to build the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris river in Southeast Turkey, the governments of several European countries and the USA required a full consideration of the environmental consequences of constructing and operating the dam. This review, commissioned by The Corner House, examines the environmental impact assessment’s analysis of the dam’s downstream impacts. It concludes that, if built, the Ilisu dam could cause major disruptions to water flow to Syria and Iraq, the two countries which share the Tigris with Turkey.