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To cooperate or not to cooperate...? Collective action for rehabilitation of traditional water tunnel systems (qanats) in Syria

Wessels, Joshka LU (2008)
Abstract
Communities all over the world are using traditional technologies to extract drinkingwater, irrigate their lands and feed their livestock. But these often sustainable and ancient ways to make use of groundwater are in rapid decline worldwide. A research project started in 1999 to study the rehabilitation of 1500-year old water tunnels called "qanats"in Syria. To Cooperate or not to Cooperate...? discusses results and outcomes of this research project. The main objective of this research is to better understand the proces of collective maintenance of these ancient water tunnels. The study evaluates the social, cultural, political and environmental factors that have driven abandonment and decay of qanats in Syria. It tries to reconcile... (More)
Communities all over the world are using traditional technologies to extract drinkingwater, irrigate their lands and feed their livestock. But these often sustainable and ancient ways to make use of groundwater are in rapid decline worldwide. A research project started in 1999 to study the rehabilitation of 1500-year old water tunnels called "qanats"in Syria. To Cooperate or not to Cooperate...? discusses results and outcomes of this research project. The main objective of this research is to better understand the proces of collective maintenance of these ancient water tunnels. The study evaluates the social, cultural, political and environmental factors that have driven abandonment and decay of qanats in Syria. It tries to reconcile divers theoretical and conceptual frameworks to study collective action with a human ecosystem approach and develop one with a stronger anthropological reference. (Less)
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opponent
  • Prof Baud, Isa, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof Vincent, Lynden, University of Wageningen
  • Prof Borger, Guus, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof de Bruijn, Mirjam, University of Wageningen
  • Dr Aw-Hassan, Aden, International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas
publishing date
type
Thesis
publication status
published
subject
keywords
water supply, water management, tunnels, water distribution, rehabilitation, cooperation, government policy, human ecology, syria, social cooperation
pages
381 pages
publisher
Vossiuspers
defense location
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
defense date
2008-05-22 10:00
ISBN
9789056295189
language
English
LU publication?
no
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a6de07a8-0d39-4b9b-b588-017839e794d5 (old id 2254816)
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http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/clc/1920864
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2011-12-28 10:47:32
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  author       = {Wessels, Joshka},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {381},
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  title        = {To cooperate or not to cooperate...? Collective action for rehabilitation of traditional water tunnel systems (qanats) in Syria},
  year         = {2008},
}