Feature - When The Water Rises
Turkish Dam Chronicles.
The Güneydogu Anadolu Projesi, or GAP project is a long running government effort to build 22 dams (19 of which are to be coupled with hydroelectric power stations) and irrigate 1,800,000 hectares of South-Eastern Anatolia. The Turkish government’s most public aims are the redevelopment of the region and the harnessing of the country’s powerful natural energy sources - the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers. However, the project has also submerged many settlements - some of global archaeological importance - forcing residents into new-towns, and undermining a delicate yet vital...