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Title (Primary) Linking perceptions and water management: reflections from Cyprus
Author Papasozomenou, R.; Zikos, D.
Source Titel WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development
Year 2009
Department OEKON
Volume 5
Issue 12
Page From 749
Page To 758
Language englisch
Keywords Common pool resources; water resource; perceptions; water management; policy experiments; Cyprus
Abstract The predicted effects of climate change on regions with fragile ecosystems and high dependency on natural resources, such as the Mediterranean basin, call for an improved and holistic resource management Such a holistic approach would be enriched by the inclusion of the perceptions of the appropriators and the decision makers. The aim of this study is to identify the linkage between perceptions and water management at individual level, focusing on the case of Cyprus, an island characterised by strict top-down hierarchies and intense water shortage problems. To realise the aim, 20 in-depth interviews were conducted with students of the University of Cyprus and locals of Panagia, a village adjacent to a protected area. Additionally, empirical results were obtained by experimental techniques employed by the authors. As such a policy experiment on irrigation in the above mentioned locations was conducted and used as a triangulation means. The preliminary results illustrate that the perceptions of the sample differ substantially. These differences shape to a large extend the way water is managed by individuals but also the notion of water management as a whole.
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Papasozomenou, R., Zikos, D. (2009):
Linking perceptions and water management: reflections from Cyprus
WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development 5 (12), 749 - 758