The Flotilla will exhibit and utilize three types of traditional boats – the tarada from the marshlands of southern Iraq, the guffa from central Iraq, and the kelek from Hasankeyf. These boats have provided the basis for trade and commerce along the Tigris for millennia and today are a potential resource for ecotourism entrepreneurs. Vital consulting for the construction of the kelek and guffa has been provided by Rashad Salim. To learn more, check out the Nature Iraq Foundation's introduction to the historic vessels in use on the flotilla.
The launch was timed to be part of the 4th Hasankeyf Ingathering, an twice-annual event held by Hasankeyf Matters and Nature Iraq with the goals of exploring the city of Hasankeyf and its environs, bringing people from different cultures together for dialogue and mutual understanding, and calling attention to local traditions and practices that could provide the foundation for environmentally sustainable economic development over the coming decades.
Nature Iraq would particularly like to thank the staff of Hasankeyf Hasbahçe and Ramazan Usta's Çardak.
Photos can be found on on the Flotilla website, and on Facebook. Watch the Flotilla promotional video after the jump, or on Vimeo with Arabic, Kurdish, or Turkish subtitles.