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    ORSAM Water Research Programme made an interview with ICID Vice President Hüseyin Gündoğdu on ICID, its importance.
    ORSAM Water Research Programme made an interview with Anna Bachmann, who is a program manager in Nature Iraq, about the studies of Nature Iraq and water issue in Iraq.
    During the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille, ORSAM Water Research Program specialist Dr. Tuğba Evrim Maden made an interview with Assist. Prof. Dr. Aysun Uyar..
    Gökçekuş elaborated onTRNC’s water resources and the process of “TRNC Drinking Water Supply Project” which is an important project as a solution for TRNC's drinking water problem.
    “What we see is that we need to develop a much better understanding of the role of water in energy production so that water will not be a constrained to energy production” said Jakob Granit.
    Demirer said that Turkey's brackish water potential might be an alternative resource.
    Prof. Dr. Cumali Kınacı, Director General of Water Management of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs stated that they aim at establishing a national policy by trying to gather many institutions and organizations in a more productive way.
    Dr. Betül Al-Mossavi indicated that the federal government structure could lead to new problems in terms of the management of water resources in Iraq in the future.
    Problems of water in all countries (such as Turkey) are almost similar. Water shortage, increasing demand for drinking and irrigation water, and the fact that many regions are going through problems related to drinking water can be counted as some of the water problems.
    UNDP Global Programme Manager Assoc. Prof. Boğaçhan Benli, made assessments about the the efficient usage of water.
    Dr. Gülay Yaşın, GIZ Turkey Director indicated that wetlands should be preserved in a better way in order to protect the ecosystem and water resources, in the fight against climate change.
    Arzu Özyol, CEO at HYDRA, elaborated on the relation between “water and development”, and the ongoing works, which have been carried out in axis of women all around the world and in Turkey.
    Prof. Dr. H. Gonca Coşkun from ITU Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geomatics Engineering Department answered the questions of ORSAM Water Research Programme.
    Prof. Ayşegül Tanık told about the development of the integrated water resources management in Turkey, its perception, and its development with the EU Water Framework Directive.
    ORSAM Water Research Program carried out an interview with United Nations Joint Program Director Atila Uras and United Nations Joint Program Regional Project Coordinator Alper Acar.
    Akif Özkaldı, Deputy Director General of State Hydraulic Works (DSİ), mentioned that the 2nd İstanbul International Water Forum would consolidate the positive image about Turkey.
    Hydropolitics specialist Dursun Yıldız, underlined the fact that Turkey ever used her transboundary waters for peaceful and cooperative objectives.
    DSI Coordinator Hamza Özgüler: "Istanbul Water Forum is one of the most significant formations on the domain of water in Turkey and the region."
    Prof. Dr. Şahinöz: “The Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) can supply enough food to the whole Middle East region, Also the region enriches the farmers of the GAP”
    Water Management in Transboundary Basins as a “Wicked Problem”? The Case of Orontes Transboundary River Basin
    A workshop to discuss the Orontes River Basin was convened at MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey, during November 12-14, 2014. Workshop attendees from the countries of Orontes River Basin highlighted the need for a reappraisal of not only the problems faced and but also the solutions proposed.
    Different Conditions and Similar Objections in Transboundary Waters: Observations on the Mekong River
    The Mekong river is the tenth longest river in the world and it spans 4,909 kilometers, draining an area of 795,000 km2. The floodplains in the Mekong river basin cover an area of 70,000 km2. The mean discharge volume of the Mekong river is 15,000 m3/s. Comparing it to the Euphrates river, it equals to 1000 m3/s in the mean discharge over many years. 
    The Geneva Consensus on Tigris: A Major Breakthrough?
    It was on June 3, 2014 when a statement from Strategic Foresight Group, an India-based think-tank, was announcing a “major breakthrough” on promotion of data calibration and exchange on flows of Tigris River. This was result of a meeting -which was supported by Swiss funding- between Iraqi and Turkish delegations of senior representatives in Geneva, Switzerland.
    Civil War in Syria and Changing Water Security Conditions
    The Syrian civil war which has continued on since March 2011 has had a negative impact on economic, political and social structure of both the country itself and also the entire region. In addition to this, the civil war has also affected water and land resources.
    Iran Faces Drinking Water Shortage
    Iran has been going through a severe crisis in sectoral use of water (drinking, irrigation, industrial) for a long period of time. The main causes of which are drought (the worst in 60 years); population growth; rural-urban migration; urbanization; rising urbanization; and mismanagement of water resources.
    ISIS Using Water Resources as a Weapon
    Scenarios have been generated claiming that water could lead to conflicts or war in water-scarce regions, and the Middle East was pointed out as the most probable arena for those scenarios. The past experiences also show a possibility that water resources in the Middle East, where numerous conflicts take place, might lead to either collaboration
    Drought in Turkey and The Torrid Effects*
    The rising population and urbanization, climate change, and industrial and agricultural activities increase the pressure on available water resources. Especially in regions, including Turkey, where arid and semi – arid climate prevails, the pressure is considerably high.
    ISIS, KRG and New Hydropolitics Order in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin
    ORSAM has published the new edition of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs. The fifth brief is written by ORSAM Water Programme Researcher Dr. Seyfi Kılıç. The brief discusses both the current situation and future of water infrastructure in Euphrates-Tigris Basin after the latest ISIS advancement.
    Water Scarcity and Its Impacts in Jordan
    In  regions where arid and semi-arid climate prevails, due to a lack of precipitation and an insufficient amount of surface water resources such as rivers and lakes, water is provided through the overexploitation of groundwater resources.
    The Future of Euphrates-Tigris Basin and ISIS
    The Euphrates-Tigris basin is among the most important river basins in the Middle East. The average annual discharge of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers is 84 billion m3, which equals to the average annual flow of the Nile river.
    Water Resources Becoming a Weapon in Conflicts and Wars: The Case of ISIS's Recent Attacks
    While the use of water resources might lead to a conflict among states, communities and towns, water resources might also become a primary target with the aim of weakening and seizing control of the area during wars and conflicts. 
    Egypt, Nile and International Law
    ORSAM has published the new edition of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs. The fifth brief is written by ORSAM Water Programme Researcher Dr. Seyfi Kılıç. The brief discusses the Nile issue between Egypt and Ethiopia from the international law perspective.
    15 December - 21 December 2014 (Issue 211)
    ORSAM Report No: 154
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 19
    May2013
    Transboundary Waters Within the Scope of EU Water Framework Directive
    (Tr)
    ORSAM Report No: 145
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 18
    January 2013
    Orsam Water Interviews 2012
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 144
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 17
    January 2013
    Orsam Water Interviews 2011
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 126
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 16
    July 2012
    Towards the New Water Framework Directive: Notes on Water Draft Law
    (Tr)
    ORSAM Report No: 122
     ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 15

    WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN IRAQ
    (Tr-Eng)
     
    ORSAM Report No: 116
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 14
    April 2012
    The Concept of “Benefit-Sharing”, Its Theoretical
    Background and Practical Reflections

    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No :110
    ORSAM Water Research Programme No:13

    WATER RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT IN IRAN


    (Turkish)
    ORSAM Report No: 104
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 12

    AN EVALUATION ON THE DRAFT ARTICLES
    ON THE LAW OF TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS


    (Turkish - English)
    ORSAM Rapor No: 101
    ORSAM Su Araştırmaları Programı Rapor No: 11


    EMNİYETLİ İÇME SUYU VE SANİTASYON HAKKI

    (Turkish)
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No 10

    TURKEY AND WFD HARMONIZATION: A SILENT, BUT SIGNIFICANT PROCESS


    (ENG)
    ORSAM Report No 84
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No 9:

    SOMALIA’S CATASTROPHIC FAMINE: POLITICAL
    DROUGHT OR NATURAL ONE?


    (Turkish)
    ORSAM Rapor No: 78
    ORSAM Su Araştırmaları Programı Rapor No: 8

    TÜRKİYE’DE VE İSRAİL’DE YAPAY SULAK ALANLAR İLE ATIKSU ARITIMI VE ATIKSUYUN SULAMA AMAÇLI OLARAK TEKRAR KULLANIMI


    (Turkish)
    ORSAM Report No 63
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No 7:

    THE INVISIBLE STRATEGIC RESOURCE: TRANSBOUNDARY GROUND WATERS


    (Turkish)
    ORSAM Report No 60
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No 6:

    COOPERATION AND CONFLICT ON THE MEKONG RIVER WATERS


    (Turkish-ENG)

    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No 5 :

    TURKEY-SYRIA RELATIONS: ASİ (ORONTES) FRIENDSHIP DAM AS AN EXAMPLE OF COOPERATION IN TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS


    (Turkish)

    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No 4 :

    THE OBLIGATION OF “INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION” IN MERİÇ (MARITZA-EVROS) BASIN WATER MANAGEMENT


    (Turkish)

    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report : 3

    HYDROPOLITICAL HISTORY OF NILE RIVER BASIN AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

    (Turkish)

    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report : 2

    CLIMATE CHANGE FROM A SECURITY PERSPECTIVE AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIDDLE EAST

    ( Turkish)

    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report 1:

    EU’S WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION IN TURKEY: THE DRAFT NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

    ( ENG )

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