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Water shortage crisis escalating in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Read Future Directions International's report on the Tigris-Euphrates River System

The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, originating in Turkey and cutting through both Syria and Iraq, have experienced drastic reductions in water flows in recent years, due primarily to Turkish hydro-engineering and regional droughts. This is of enormous significance for Iraq, which has historically prospered because of the rich agricultural harvests based on water supplies sourced from these waterways.

Turkish initiatives aimed at massively expanding their exploitation of the water from the two rivers, have coincided with severe droughts in the region and resulted in a burgeoning water-shortage crisis in Iraq. This problem threatens an environmental catastrophe. Political negotiations between the three countries have so far fallen short of reaching agreement on providing the necessary increases in flow rates to address the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

Read the full report: Water-Shortage Crisis Escalating in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Future Directions International

Future Directions International (FDI) grew from the shared belief, held by a small group of leading Australians, that our country needed an independent research organisation based in Western Australia whose product would enhance the quality of decision making in both the private and public sectors.

It seeks to research areas of importance to Australia that are not well covered elsewhere. Its research is forward-looking, attempting to anticipate events and changes and, by so doing, identify the opportunities and challenges that Australia may face in the future.


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