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Construction of Turkey's Ilisu Dam would displace 11,500 people and 8,100 would lose farmland, according to an environmental impact assessment carried out for export credit agency ECGD. But the 300km 2reservoir will create commercial fisheries and new diverse wetland habitats.

Siltation is not expected to be a problem as the sediment load of the River Tigris is low, says the document. Land to be flooded is of low agricultural value and agriculture downstream can be improved by seasonal regulation of flow.

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