Individual Paper: An Ethnographic Research on Freshwater Ecosystem Services and Environmental Justice in Hungary
The present ongoing research attempts to develop a framework to link the concepts of ecosystem services and environmental justice grounded in a Hungarian case study. The research constructed around a waterfront development which may significantly alter the potential access to benefiting from different types of ecosystem services. The case site is located in the Southern city of Hungary, Szeged and the second biggest river of Hungary, Tisza. The river provides numerous freshwater ecosystem services which a diverse groups of local inhabitants benefit from. However, a river wall construction was held as a waterfront development project, moreover there are other connected development plans. The present research aims to explore and understand how the proposed project will alter access to freshwater ecosystem services for the different local groups and individuals from an environmental justice perspective. Thus environmental justice interprets in this research as the access to ecosystem services. A qualitative research design was developed based on an ethnographic approach. It has become clear that currently a very diverse pool of local stakeholders benefit from the ecosystem services of the river. However, the present plans developed by the dominant local actors of urban development planning will most probably change the current situation of access, needs and use. Thus the examination of the plans from an environmental justice perspective highlights the potential implications of changing access and use patterns for the diverse local groups currently benefiting from multiple ecosystem services the River Tisza provides.
Start time: 14:30
Room: ABF (206)
Track: Climate Change, Climate and Environmental Justice