Territory in conflict: land dispossession, water grabbing and mobilization for environmental justice in southern Spain

Ana Prieto López*, Bibiana Duarte-Abadía, Rutgerd Boelens

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Abstract

This paper analyses the socio-territorial conflict prompted by Los Merinos: a residential–tourism project constructed in an ecological reserve that is vital to Andalusian livelihoods. It examines disputes concerning discourses, authorities and rules in order to understand the struggle over land and water. Using the echelons of rights analysis (ERA) framework, the paper scrutinizes the multiscale forces and strategies adopted by business and opposing movement networks in order to shape territory, thereby engaging local and supra-local governments. The authors’ political–ecology lens on environmental justice and territorialization enhances the understanding of the relevance of social movements in contesting the misappropriation of socio-natural environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)996-1020
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Volume37
Issue number6
Early online date13 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • environmental justice
  • hydrosocial territories
  • Land dispossession
  • political ecology
  • tourism development
  • water grabbing

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