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“People and Wetlands: case studies from Bendimahi (Turkey) and Boora (Ireland)” by Emel Baylan, Visiting Fellow.
April 18 @ 4:00 pm
This paper will examine the contrasting connections that exist between people and landscape in the Bendimahi Delta and the Boora peatlands outside Kilcormac, Co. Offaly, where the development of a sculpture park has been instrumental in not just creating a successful tourist attraction (over 120,000 visitors in 2017) but in re-imagining and reinforcing community values vis-à-vis the landscape. This level of community engagement is not evident in the Bendimahi Delta, where the socio-cultural circumstances are very different.