The Bio-Politics of the Danube Delta

The Bio-Politics of the Danube Delta : Nature, History, Policies

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The Danube Delta is one of the largest and most valuable wetlands in Europe. Throughout history it has been a contested area and subject to conflicting claims and policies from the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Romania, the Soviet Union, and Ukraine. In this volume Constantin Iordachi and Kirstof Van Assche take an interdisciplinary look at the history, policy, and culture of the development and politics of the Danube more

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  • Hardback | 482 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 884.5g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 102 black & white halftones, 12 tables
  • 073919514X
  • 9780739195147

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The insights discovered in this book are bold and we are obligated to listen; they give voice to so many stories that have lacked a voice until now. Van Assche and Iordachi have brought together an extraordinary team of researchers who elevate our knowledge and understanding of this special place, the Danube Delta, and the many issues surrounding it. Now, we need to translate these insights into current and future planning. This volume offers us an enormous opportunity to make that happen. -- Kyle Whitfield, University of Alberta The Bio-Politics of the Danube Delta offers an intricate, thoroughly composed, and timely insight into the physical, historical, cultural-political and policy/planning landscapes of the delta. In doing so, the volume contributes interdisciplinary perspectives on socio-political and ecological transformation processes to ongoing debates on 'sustainable development' of the region. A must read for all scholars working on transformation and change processes in post-Soviet settings. -- Anna-Katharina Hornidge, University of Bonn, Germanyshow more

About Constantin Iordachi

Constantin Iordachi is an associate professor of history and co-director of Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies at the Central European University, Budapest. Kristof Van Assche is an associate professor of planning, governance and development at the University of Alberta and visiting associate professor of strategic communication at Wageningen more

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Kristof Van Assche, Constantin Iordachi, - Nature, Culture and the Biopolitics of the Danube Delta I. PHYSICAL LANDSCAPE 1.Jenica Hanganu, Mihai Doroftei, Ion Sarbu, Nicolae Stefan - Physical Landscape: Distribution of the Vegetation within the Danube Delta 2.Erika Schneider - The Impact of the Hydrological Regime on the Diversity of Natural Habitats in the Danube Delta 3.Jenica Hanganu, Mihai Doroftei - The Importance of Danube Delta Reed Beds - for the Environment and for Use by Humans 4.Erika Schneider - The Danube Delta: Lessons Learned from Nature Restoration Projects II. HISTORICAL LANDSCAPE 5.Nicolae Panin, Willem Overmars - Recent Development of the Danube Delta: Evaluation of Existing Cartographic Documents 6.Stefan Constantinescu - Various Approaches to the Danube Delta: From Maps to Reality III. CULTURAL-POLITICAL LANDSCAPE 7.Petruta Teampau, Kristof Van Assche - Pirates, Fish and Tourists. The Life of Post-Communist Sulina 8.Tanya Richardson - (In)Accessible Land: The Changing Practice and Regulation of Gardening in the Reed Beds of Ukraine's Danube Delta 9.Alexander Prigarin - Fishing Traditions Among Old Believers in the Danube Delta: Survival Strategies during the 19th Century 10.Cosmina Timoce - Romanians and Lippovans in Sulina: Prismatic Identifications and Contexts for Generating Cultural Comparison 11.Natalia Serebriannikova - Traditional Medicine and its Evolution in Southern Bessarabia 12.Kristof Van Assche, Sandra Bell, Petruta Teampau - Birds, Fish and the Traumatic Nature of the Swamp: Concepts of Nature in Regards to the Romanian Danube Delta IV. POLICY-PLANNING LANDSCAPE 13.Bart Schultz - Some Aspects of Water Management and land Reclamation in the Danube Delta 14.Paul Goriup, Natasha Goriup - The Evolution of Policies and Institutions for the Conservation of the Ukrainian Danube Delta 15.Iulian Nichersu - Towards a Master plan: Support for Sustainable Development in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve 16.Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Hans Bressers, Denie Augustijn - Integrated Management of the Lower Danube River: Experiences with the Application of Dutch Policy Concepts and Interactive Planning Methods 17.Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld, Raoul Beunen, Petruta Teampau - Circumscribing Locals: Transformations of Knowledge/ Power and the Governance of the Danube Deltashow more