Fading commons (Turkey): In a hunt for culprits

Fading commons (Turkey): In a hunt for culprits
2014. In a hunt for culprits, Göksu River, Toros Mountains (Turkey). Photo: Eda Elif Tibet © Eda Elif Tibet

Fading commons (Turkey): In a hunt for culprits

Water

Water used to run parallel to the traditional paths of nomads. It used to cross their paths. You could see it when the forest would open in a valley. Goats and horses, and camels before them, would smell it, and find it naturally. People walking with them could trust water, but now water sources have disappeared almost everywhere. Drought, intensive agriculture, diverted flows caused by hydroelectric plants and dams, have broken the balance. Now, families need to store water in mobile tanks, which makes it very hard to follow traditional routes. They need to go through motorable ways, which are dangerous for them, and their goats. They say, in the future, water is going to be more precious than gold.  Here, it has already become so.