Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

resistances for water transfer projects as double movement

Class

Article

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Peggy Petrzelka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Environmental movements are growing in different pArts of the world as a result of environmental degradation, growing natural hazards, and the vulnerability of local people. Within the context of political ecology, environmental movements center on the unequal distribution of power in control of the environment and access to natural resources (Robbins, 2012).Modern environmental movements have been emerging since the 1970s (Lee, Afiff and Rachman, 2008). Robins (2004) asserts that beginning in the 1970s, the environment has become a highly politicized objective. In this comparative research, this researcher seeks to understand the nature and reasons for forming these environmental movements in two different communities. Specifically, this project will reveal the nature of resistance on the part of local communities, specifically water transfer projects, Behesht Abad Tunnel Project (BATP) in Iran and the Northern Integrated Supply project (NISP) in Colorado. The proposed Behesht Abad Tunnel Project (BATP), would be one of the biggest water transfer projects in Iran. BATP is designed to transfer water from Behesht Abad River to the center of Iran for the use of three provinces. The project has generated a great deal of protest and resistance, opponents of the plan believe the project would bring many environmental, social, and economic threats. NISP is a water project which would transfer water from the Poudre River to 15 participants annually. Opponents of this project believe that the project is a threat to the environment and also to water quality and quantity. The research question is “how do the environmental movements in BATP and NISP acting as double movements to protect society (environmentally, socially, economically in the two cases) and what factors explain the similarities and differences seen?” This is a qualitative research that use both interviews and content analysis as methods of data collection.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-12-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 2:45 PM

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resistances for water transfer projects as double movement

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Environmental movements are growing in different pArts of the world as a result of environmental degradation, growing natural hazards, and the vulnerability of local people. Within the context of political ecology, environmental movements center on the unequal distribution of power in control of the environment and access to natural resources (Robbins, 2012).Modern environmental movements have been emerging since the 1970s (Lee, Afiff and Rachman, 2008). Robins (2004) asserts that beginning in the 1970s, the environment has become a highly politicized objective. In this comparative research, this researcher seeks to understand the nature and reasons for forming these environmental movements in two different communities. Specifically, this project will reveal the nature of resistance on the part of local communities, specifically water transfer projects, Behesht Abad Tunnel Project (BATP) in Iran and the Northern Integrated Supply project (NISP) in Colorado. The proposed Behesht Abad Tunnel Project (BATP), would be one of the biggest water transfer projects in Iran. BATP is designed to transfer water from Behesht Abad River to the center of Iran for the use of three provinces. The project has generated a great deal of protest and resistance, opponents of the plan believe the project would bring many environmental, social, and economic threats. NISP is a water project which would transfer water from the Poudre River to 15 participants annually. Opponents of this project believe that the project is a threat to the environment and also to water quality and quantity. The research question is “how do the environmental movements in BATP and NISP acting as double movements to protect society (environmentally, socially, economically in the two cases) and what factors explain the similarities and differences seen?” This is a qualitative research that use both interviews and content analysis as methods of data collection.