STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Dams as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy: Geopolitical Implications for Pakistan

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  • November 2015
    Volume: 
    39
    Issue: 
    6
    Anthropocene: The Human Age and the Impact on the Climate

    Pakistani planners are increasingly prone to recognize the many links between water, food, and energy security. The construction of new large dams is seen by many as a concrete measure to achieve resource security for Pakistani for a future marked by climactic variability and unpredictability. This article explores the geopolitical and political geographic implications of Pakistan’s strategic vision of building dams as a way to prepare for climate change. The author argues that far from being politically neutral tools for development with predictable effects, large dams create new political and spatial arenas of conflict and contradiction at the international, regional, and local scales.

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