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Waselikowski, Lisa, 2013. Power and interests in conflicts over the use of irrigation channels in an informal settlement : a Peruvian perspective. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Rapid and informal urbanisation is a phenomenon which is changing agricultural and natural landscapes into urban areas in an unplanned manner all over the world, especially in the global south. This has many consequences one of which is tension and conflict between traditional land users and urban settlers, leading to struggles over scarce resources.

This study analysed the underlying dynamics of conflicts associated with the use of agricultural irrigation channels in what has become an informal settlement in Lima, Perú. Based on the perceptions of involved stakeholders, the Soft Systems Methodology was used for obtaining a holistic understanding of the situation. Limitations for improving the situation were identified and propositions for possible change were developed.

The findings suggest that the conflicts about the collective use of the irrigation channels are strongly shaped by differing interests of the stakeholders and by unequal power structures. Embedded are the conflicts into a complex network of institutional, social and environmental factors, whereby institutional and social factors dominate. The study supported stakeholders in defining limitations to improvement. These are marginalisation and social exclusion of the people living in the informal settlement by public stakeholders, a lack of governmental enforcement concerning informal development and a lack of public accountability. Concerning possible improvements the study has found that positive changes to the present situation can be initiated, by empowering the citizens of the informal settlement and by continuously fostering dialogue and exchange of information between the different stakeholders.

Main title:Power and interests in conflicts over the use of irrigation channels in an informal settlement
Subtitle:a Peruvian perspective
Authors:Waselikowski, Lisa
Supervisor:Sriskandarajah, Nadarajah and Treue, Thorsten
Examiner:Hansen, Hans Peter
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM025 EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Unplanned Urbanisation, Open-access Resources, Soft Systems Methodology, Informality in Housing, Power in Conflicts
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2953
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2953
Subjects:Agricultural economics and policies
Rural population
Social sciences, humanities and education
Language:English
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 14:27
Metadata Last Modified:16 Dec 2013 14:27

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