Fragile Landscapes: Past, Present and Future of Sustainable Water Management on the Konya Plain, Turkey

Ataöv Demirkan A., Peker E. (Executive)

Project Supported by Public Organizations in Other Countries, 2021 - 2023

  • Project Type: Project Supported by Public Organizations in Other Countries
  • Begin Date: March 2021
  • End Date: February 2023

Project Abstract

Water is a vital resource for human societies, from drinking to sanitation to food production. Changing social,

economic and environmental conditions significantly affect the availability and quality of water, thus affecting

people’s health, wellbeing and access to food. Dry regions, where some of the poorest people in the world live,

are most vulnerable to changes. This project focuses on the Konya Plain (Turkey) to evaluate how these

changes have taken place over the last 500 years, and what is likely to occur over the next decades. The

excellent archival and archaeological records there will enable us to reconstruct past water use and

management with an unparalleled level of detail. We will use a comparative understanding of what sustainable

water management is and how it has occurred at various times and places to make suggestions of how to

mitigate future water risk, both for the study area and more generally.