Dr Emine Eminel Sülün
What are the socioecological sensitivities and constraints of the state in creating integrated water resource management mechanisms? How do unilateral water policies of ethnically separated communities can be replaced with a bi-communal water resource management approach across the boundaries? How do gender-responsive water resource management strategies can be developed for more societally inclusive peacebuilding? Cyprus is a de-facto partitioned island since 1974 and suffers from serious depletion of water-related ecosystems. Each community pursues its target goal for adequate water provisions unilaterally, by relying on unilateral technological solutions or ethnic sponsors. Water has not been a conflict driver in Cyprus but can be an entry point to conflict transformation. The gender aspect of the conflict has been studied earlier, but it is rare to find any studies addressing water, conflict transformation, and gender nexus from a pragmatic transdisciplinary approach. This inquiry suggests utilizing water and gender relations as entry points to conflict transformation and societally inclusive peacebuilding in Cyprus. In the final analysis, there is much to learn about the role of women in water management and conflict transformation in similar contexts.