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WORKSHOP: Resource Conflicts and Ethno-Religious Diversity

January 30 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0

Foto: Nemunas, Lithuania, 2019 © Arunas Gineitis, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0

Convenors: Martin Welp (HNEE) and Nafisa Mirzojamshedzoda (HNEE)

Access and user rights to water resources, fertile land, pastures, and forested areas are contested in many regions. Actors with diverging economic, social and environmental
interests can be involved. Ethnic or religious belonging can trigger or aggravate disputes over land, water and other natural resources – both within and across national borders. Ethnicity
and religious belonging can also act as an incentive for cooperation. Therefore, ethnic and religious dimensions can add complexity to social-ecological systems, with economic and political implications. These complexities will be discussed during the workshop in terms of
their historical genesis and significance for conflict escalation and mitigation. In addition, the varied and interrelated interests of the involved stakeholders will be reflected. Our workshop
will focus on different cases in Central Asia, the Caucasus and extended Eastern Europe where research has examined the interaction between civic and ethnic identity, religious
diversity, as well as ongoing conflicts over natural resources. The objective is to better understand the factors that encourage or hinder mechanisms for collaboration and how these
variables evolve over time.

January 30, 9.30 am – 12 pm
Venue: Online

To register for the event, please contact Prof. Dr Martin Welp (martin.welp@hnee.de) and Nafisa Mirzojamshedzoda (nafisa.mirzojamshedzoda@hnee.de)


9.30 am -9.45 am: Introduction by Martin Welp (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development/HNEE):

9.45 am-10.45 am: Session 1
Jeanne Féaux de la Croix (University of Bern): Using Central Asian culture as a resource? Techniques towards building transboundary river solidarities
Stefanie Wesch (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research): Climate change as aThreat Multiplier in the Pamirs
Moderation: Henryk Alff (HNEE)

Break: 10.45 am – 11.00 am

11.00 am – 12.00 pm: Session 2
Juha Hiedanpää (Natural Resources Institute Finland): Towards epistemic governance: the challenge of integrating scientific, indigenous, and local knowings into the Teno river salmon management
Madina Gazieva (Dublin City University): Hydrosocial arrangements in a Tajik mountain village in Uzbekistan: collaboration and continuity amidst rapid change
Moderation: Nafisa Mirzojamshedzoda (HNEE)


January 30
9:30 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0