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Resources 2018, 7(3), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources7030050

Women, Water Resource Management, and Sustainable Development: The Turkey-North Cyprus Water Pipeline Project

Department of International Relations, Near East University 1, 99138 Nicosia/TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey
Received: 5 July 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 7 August 2018 / Published: 10 August 2018
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Women’s role in water resource management is recognized, yet the implementation of methods and strategies to get beyond gender-based obstacles to women’s equal participation in water resource management related projects remain vague. Mainstream considerations on the gender aspects of development and environment focus on women as having an intrinsic relationship with the environment. Women are perceived as a natural reflection of their responsibilities for the household and the comfort and security of future generations. Contrary to mainstream environmental and political ecology research, this paper sees gender as relevant within policy and practice across multiple levels, and within institutions related to natural resource governance. Based on this, the paper looks at the sustainable development and water governance issues with the help of a specific case: the Turkey-North Cyprus Water Pipeline Project. Through broad reviews of project documentation, interviews with people who were directly involved with the project and with women’s organizations the paper draws insights on the gender aspect of the decision-making mechanisms related to water governance. The results indicate that participation by women in resource management is marginal in North Cyprus. The paper discusses that this is a reflection of a broader problem, which is gender inequality. In conclusion, one can argue that future water projects need to realize more sustainable outcomes and greater effects on gender equality in North Cyprus. View Full-Text
Keywords: North Cyprus; natural resource management; gender inequality; water governance and participatory development; women’s empowerment North Cyprus; natural resource management; gender inequality; water governance and participatory development; women’s empowerment
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