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Forest Fires in Dersim and Şırnak

Cover of the book "Ecological Solidarity and the Kurdish Freedom Movement"

CMES researcher Pinar Dinc has authored the chapter "Forest Fires in Dersim and Şırnak: Conflict and Environmental Destruction".

Pinar's chapter is part of the edited volume Ecological Solidarity and the Kurdish Freedom Movement Thought, Practice, Challenges, and Opportunities (2021, editor: Stephen Hunt). The book is a pioneering text that examines the ideas about social ecology and communalism behind the evolving political structures in the Kurdish region. The collection evaluates practical green projects, including the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Jinwar women’s eco-village, food sovereignty in a solidarity economy, environmental defenders in Iranian Kurdistan, and Make Rojava Green Again. Contributors also critically reflect on such contested themes as Alevi nature beliefs, anti-dam demonstrations, human-rights law and climate change, the Gezi Park protests, and forest fires. Throughout this volume, the contributors consider the formidable challenges to the Kurdish initiatives, such as state repression, damaged infrastructure, and oil dependency. Nevertheless, contributors assert that the West has much to learn from the Kurdish ecological paradigm, which offers insight into social movement debates about development and decolonization.

Read more about the book here

Pinar Dinc's staff page