Southeastern Anatolian Development project (GAP) was designed as a useful development project for the Southeastern Anatolian Region which is historically underdeveloped region in Turkey. However, such large dam projects have strong oppositions because they bring unintended social, economic and environmental problems.
This study explores the question of whether or not these dams brought capital to the area and created hydropower, as well as their effects on Mechanization, Industrialization and food security. This research analyzes the extent to which the dams caused an increase or decrease in the population of irrigation and reservoir areas, the reservoirs' effects on the available water resources. The project has caused environmental degradation for the associated reservoir and irrigation areas. It has led to dissatisfaction among the residents of the reservoir area but has garnered approval from the residents in the irrigated area. There are limited signs of potential future health problems in the irrigation area.
|Adviser||Mark A. Blumler|
|School||STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON|
|Subjects||Environmental economics; Land use planning; Water resources management|
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