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Environmental challenges in the MENA region : the long road from conflict to cooperation

Author: Hamid Pouran; Hassan Hakimian
Publisher: London : Gingko Library, 2019.
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The Middle East and North Africa region is well-known for its abundant natural resources and important geostrategic position. This position is often overshadowed by continued sectarian violence and trans-boundary conflicts that threaten the stability of the entire region with serious global implications. This preoccupation with conflict has come at the expense of addressing the region's other challenges. Although  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hamid Pouran; Hassan Hakimian
ISBN: 9781909942219 1909942219
OCLC Number: 1099342855
Description: viii, 225 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Tony Allan. Introduction / Hamid Pouran and Hassan Hakimian. Part 1 General outlook : Environmental outlook for the West Asia region / Iyad Abumoghli and Matthew Broughton. Part 2 Climate change and its implications : ENvironmental risks and ocean acidification in the MENA region / Nathalie Hilmi, Alain Safa, Victor Planas-Bielsa and Mine Cinar --
Being green or being seen green? Strategies of eco regime resilience in Qatar / Tobias Zumbrägel --
Oil, heat and climate jobs in the MENA region / Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale. Part 3 Water scarcity and food security : MENA water and food security since 1950: adaptation and economic diversification / Marta Antonelli and Tony Allan --
Extreme environmental challenges in the context of lasting political crisis: the case of Yemen / Helen Lackner --
Do virtual water flows actually flow? A political ecology of agricultural virtual water (non-)flows in Palestine during the post-Oslo period / Maria J. Beltrán. Part 4 MENA and renewable energies : Renewable deployment in the MENA region: growth effects and explaining factors / Philipp Dees and Georgeta Vidican Auktor --
Renewable energy potential in Algeria: opportunities and setbacks / Safia Saouli and Kaveh Madani --
A system of systems (SoS) approach to sustainable energy planning: insight for the Persian Gulf countries / Maral Mahlooji, Ludovic Gaudard and Kaveh Madani --
The energy sector in Oman / Juman Al-Saqlawi, Niall Mac Dowell and Kaveh Madani. Contributors.
Responsibility: edited by Hamid Pouran and Hassan Hakimian.

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The Middle East and North Africa region is well-known for its abundant natural resources and important geostrategic position. This position is often overshadowed by continued sectarian violence and trans-boundary conflicts that threaten the stability of the entire region with serious global implications. This preoccupation with conflict has come at the expense of addressing the region's other challenges. Although the region's fragile environmental state has increasingly preoccupied policymakers in individual countries, there is currently insufficient attention paid to coordinating collaborative action to recognise and address problems relating to its environmental sustainability and climatic change. In the absence of a positive agenda for tackling these issues, recurrent environmental setbacks and rapid depletion of the region's natural resources continue to pose a major threat to the long-term economic, political, and social stability of the region. Despite the urgency of these challenges, there is little research dedicated to studying MENA's environmental sustainability. Environmental Challenges in the MENA Region: The Long Road from Conflict to Cooperation draws from the proceedings of a seminal international conference on the subject at SOAS in October 2016, which was held as a celebration of the SOAS Centenary. This led to a collective contribution by experts and policy-makers concerned with the state of the MENA region's environmental predicament with the aim of addressing these problems in a constructive and forward-looking approach. The chapters in this book are predicated upon two critical premises. First, expertise and awareness from a wide range of disciplines is required to understand and address environmental challenges. And, second, to have a real chance of success, MENA countries need to confront these problems as their common threats and to see them as an opportunity for regional cooperation and policy coordination. This book provides the results of an interdisciplinary effort to address the various dimensions of the region's environmental challenges from across the region and disciplines.

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