This study focused on new pressures on water resources in relation to the production of renewable energy in Italy. In particular, I considered the conflicts that have emerged in the Trentino region around mini-hydroelectric power production. Literature critiquing the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) approach provided the basis for analyzing the characteristics of this opposition movement. I argue that the anti-mini-hydro movements only partially challenge the NIMBY definition. At the discursive level, such mobilizations articulate a broader discourse opposing minihydroelectric production as a climate change mitigation strategy and promoting a vision of the river as biodiversity to be protected. Moreover, at the sociospatial level, the anti-mini-hydro movements reveal an ability to forge alliances among different sectors of broader society. However, no broader discourse is articulated on the energy transition. The anti-mini-hydro movement can therefore be characterized as a form of ‘‘localist environmentalism’’ combining place attachment and nature conservation.

Beyond NIMBY: Mobilization Against Mini-hydroelectric Power in the Italian Alps / Magnani, Natalia. - In: MOUNTAIN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 0276-4741. - ELETTRONICO. - 40:3(2021), pp. 31-36. [10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-20-00035.1]

Beyond NIMBY: Mobilization Against Mini-hydroelectric Power in the Italian Alps

Magnani, Natalia
2021

Abstract

This study focused on new pressures on water resources in relation to the production of renewable energy in Italy. In particular, I considered the conflicts that have emerged in the Trentino region around mini-hydroelectric power production. Literature critiquing the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) approach provided the basis for analyzing the characteristics of this opposition movement. I argue that the anti-mini-hydro movements only partially challenge the NIMBY definition. At the discursive level, such mobilizations articulate a broader discourse opposing minihydroelectric production as a climate change mitigation strategy and promoting a vision of the river as biodiversity to be protected. Moreover, at the sociospatial level, the anti-mini-hydro movements reveal an ability to forge alliances among different sectors of broader society. However, no broader discourse is articulated on the energy transition. The anti-mini-hydro movement can therefore be characterized as a form of ‘‘localist environmentalism’’ combining place attachment and nature conservation.
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Magnani, Natalia
Beyond NIMBY: Mobilization Against Mini-hydroelectric Power in the Italian Alps / Magnani, Natalia. - In: MOUNTAIN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 0276-4741. - ELETTRONICO. - 40:3(2021), pp. 31-36. [10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-20-00035.1]
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