10. Chapter 9: Nature conservation and sustainability in conflict discourse

“Environment,” “landscape” and “sustainability” have emerged as key notions in contemporary discourse and local politics in the Greek Cypriot South. Discourses related to the environment are characterized by a plurality of interest groups who voice their concerns over land and resources in various spheres of negotiation, albeit with disparate political impact. Since the 1990s, the European Union has given ample incentive for the protection of local habitats of biodiversity and wildlife by issuing directives for the implementation of nature parks. Motivated to avert a “tragedy of the commons,” the European habitats directive of 1992 aims at the preservation of areas ...

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