Research seminar: Water of Wadi Barada; the oil of Damascus Countryside – University of Copenhagen

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Research seminar: Water of Wadi Barada; the oil of Damascus Countryside

CRIC invites to the research seminar “Water of Wadi Barada; the oil of Damascus Countryside” with the Syrian journalist Qais Fares, who is an intern at CRIC.

The research seminar will revolve around Qais Fares' paper on what effects the water and real estate mismanagement in Syria had on the origin of the uprisings.

Registration
Please register at cric@cric.ku.dk no later than Thursday January 22th, 2015. The paper will be sent to you when you have registered.

The paper
The research will be focused on how the long-term water and real estate mismanagement was one origin of the March-2011 anti-government uprisings in the village of Kfair Ezzait in the city of Zabadani in Syria and what implications it might leave at a post-conflict stage.

The city of Zabadani – north west of Damascus Countryside – in southwestern of Syria close to the border with Lebanon is green and fertile agricultural areas.
Being the only source of irrigation and drinking-water for the capital of Damascus, Zabadani was famous for being a tourist destination for its sceneries and climate. The Barada River flows through the springs of Ayn al Fijeh and Barada.
Since the late 1970s, and without fairly compensating (with compensating at all in many cases) the real owners, the Syrian government started expropriating lands and real estates under the pretext of “public use and interest”. In mid 1995s, the Syrian government transformed the water of the Barada Spring to supply the city of Damascus with drinking-water depriving most of the people in Zabadani from irrigation and drinking water.
People in the area were banned from digging wells nor were they allowed to call for compensations for their expropriated lands.
When the uprising started in Syria, people in the region took the streets calling for their lands and water. And like many other regions, they were faced with aggressive military response.

About research seminars
The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants.

Time and place
The seminar will be held in CRIC’s meeting room (25.0.01), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, January 26th, 2015 from 13.30 to 15.00.