Cyprus presents an exceptional case study to assess the possibility of using an environmental problem such as water scarcity (a severe issue for both Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities) as a means to tackle the ongoing political division of the island and it provides an experimental field for peace building efforts from a different perspective. Water scarcity poses a significant risk to the stability of biological, social and economic systems security on the island. Yet, such condition also offers a unique opportunity to address common environmental problems as an incentive for cooperation at all levels.
This project aims to combine a variety of scientific approaches developed within different disciplines in support of the debate on the management of Cyprus’ water resources. A wide spectrum of methodologies (water metabolism analysis, participatory mapping, land-use analysis, Geographic Information Systems, natural resource assessment and policy relevance assessment) has been used to investigate possible collaborative scenarios.
This project, ”Sharing Water and Environmental Values: Peace Construction efforts in Cyprus”, has been funded by the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) and the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR)