Winners & Sinners for 2009

See the champions and the setbacks making environmental history

SINNERS - Dammed If You Do

Despite Austria, Germany and Switzerland yanking funding from a controversial hydroelectric plant on the Tigris River, the Turkish government is proceeding with its construction. The Ilisu Dam, located in the mainly Kurdish southeast, near the Syria-Iraq border, is part of a massive, $32-billion electricity-and-irrigation plan, and has been three decades in the making. But it has met much opposition both within and outside the country, as critics warn it could flood more than 80 villages, destroy 400 square kilometres of river habitat and choke off the water supply to drought-stricken Iraq.

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