In January 2006 founded, the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive brings currently together a coalition of activists and 86 organisations: Affected municipalities, local environmental, cultural, women and human rights NGOs, professional associations and trade unions. It is possible to describe it as one of the broadest environmental movements in the Kurdish provinces.
We campaign to stop this project and for alternatives to be developed with the input of all relevant stakeholders at all stages with the aim of improving the socio-economic situation of the people in the region, developing the cultural heritage and saving the environment. In that framework the affected people were informed about the project and their rights, surveys were carried out, many reports were prepared, many protests were held in Hasankeyf and Dargecit/Ilisu, the Tigris valley, Diyarbakir/Batman and Ankara, delegations were sent to Europe, coalitions with other anti-dam movements in Turkey were established and relations to many human-rights/ecological organizations were developed on a national level in order to increase the pressure on the destructive Turkish water and dam policy. We try to intensify the campaign and develop the protest on local, national and international level.