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IN BRIEF: Friends of the Earth


Environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth will launch a legal challenge if the government gives backing for construction of the proposed Ilisu dam in Turkey, it said this week. FoE claimed the number of people who will be displaced by the dam has not been properly assessed. Even with proposed water treatment plants, the dam will result in major pollution of the River Tigris and threatens downstream water flows to Syria and Iraq in periods of drought. The government is expected to decide this month whether it will back the project with £200M of export credit guarantees.

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