Master thesis on conflicts aBOUT irrigation in agriculture

Tobias Perillieux, student of the master program IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) at the TH Köln, has written a thesis in the context of Module B Conflicts of Irrigation. The thesis includes an inventory of conflicts about irrigation in agriculture in Germany. For this purpose, court cases and press articles were evaluated. In addition, the CLIP method was used to examine the landscape of actors in the example region selected in Module B. The results clearly show the high complexity of the water situation in agriculture, which results from the interaction of availability (natural conditions and infrastructure), water rights, interests, pricing and climate impacts. The empirical analysis finds, so far, in Germany, only isolated and mainly latent/quiet conflicts related to irrigation, but these show complex conflict situations with many actors, long conflict duration and path dependencies.

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