Infrastructural Projects and Land Use Conflicts in Developing and Developed Countries: A Study Based on Comparative Review of Literature and Different Case Studies

  • Muazzam SabirEmail author
  • André Torre


Developmental projects like dams have consequences both positive and negative. The conflicts in these kinds of projects emerge with view of conflicts among land use types and conflicts among stakeholders. The article presents the comparative review of different studies related to land use conflicts due to infrastructural projects especially dams, in developing and developed countries. It is based on secondary source of information including previously published literature and national and regional dailies. It goes into the social, economic and environmental impacts of infrastructural projects mainly dams. It then discusses the two case studies one from developing country “Bhasha dam project, Pakistan,” and other from developed country “Sivens dam project, France,” and highlights the different issues and conflicts among different actors. Further, it analyzes the individual and common issues of these case studies in light of above-mentioned literature with a comparative point of view. Lack of participation of all stakeholders is a significant source of conflicts in both cases on ecological issues in case of Sivens dam project and on socioeconomic issues in case of Diamer Bhasha dam project.


Infrastructural projects Conflicts Socioeconomic impacts Environmental impacts Developing and developed countries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR SAD-APT INRA AgroParisTech, University Paris SaclayParisFrance

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