Some examples of cases that the network has recently added to the Atlas by the ACKnowl-EJ project:

Nenskra hydropower project, Georgia

Resistance against a EBRD funded dam in Georgia’s northern Svaneti region has caused locals to restore the traditional ruling body lalkhor in order to increase the community’s impact on the national decision-making process

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Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, India

Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor  brings land grab, loss of livelihood, unemployment, and larger resource grab from commons. Growing inequality and distress as per the corporate agenda. Blooming threat to democratic rights of people in states covered by DMIC.

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Bourj Hammoud Garbage Mountain, Lebanon

The Bourj Hammoud Landfill, which started as an uncontrolled dumpsite during the Lebanese Civil War, persists to this day without rehabilitation, spreading its smells and harmful effects over tens of thousands of citizens and non-citizens living nearby.

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Conflict between mining cooperativists and the Government (Panduro/La Paz); Bolivia
Conflicto de los Mineros Cooperativistas y el Gobierno

Mining cooperatives exploit wage workers. The conflict between mining cooperativists and the State is mainly economic and social and also environmental. It escalated violently in August 2016.

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Gezi Park resistance

The lack of consultation, the aggressive police intervention and the conversion of public space into private space explain why the occupation of Gezi park is not just meant to save trees, but to save Turkey’s democracy. But while that story covers the fast growth from a demonstration in a park in Istanbul to a nationwide revolt, it also hides a different reason for unrest: the nationwide assault on the environment.

The Gezi Park case is particularly important and transformative because it is well linked to other environmental conflicts in Turkey over urban enclosures and mega-projects (e.g. dam building, the third bridge, and the canal project) as well as over mining conflicts, nuclear conflicts and environmental degradation—many in areas that are ecologically quite sensitive and/or have high conservation value. No doubt, such conflicts, including the Gezi Park resistance, help us to situate the problem within the broader context of Turkey’s industrial metabolism, structural change and growth dynamics—which is one of ATLAS’s ultimate objectives.