Desert Regions: Population, Migration and Environment by Boris A. Portnov (auth.), Dr. Boris A. Portnov, Professor PDF

By Boris A. Portnov (auth.), Dr. Boris A. Portnov, Professor Dr. A. Paul Hare (eds.)

Despite the typical realizing of the significance of wilderness improvement within the modern global, there are particularly few books released to this point in this sub­ ject. The books and collective volumes released during this box deal basically with environmental and actual elements of wasteland improvement resembling soil, agricul­ ture, plants, water assets, and so on. against this, this booklet addresses the problems of local and concrete improvement in barren region parts, that have now not been given enough recognition. the current publication is socially orientated. It considers actual improvement of barren region areas no longer as an result in itself, yet quite as a vital precondition for developing socially appealing and fascinating environments for human cost. The booklet addresses the problems of desolate tract improvement at 3 targeted conceptual degrees - sector, city envi­ ronment, and construction -and offers with either hot and cold deserts. nearly half the chapters during this publication are unique contributions that experience no longer been released in other places. the rest chapters fall into teams: 1) chapters which were reprinted from quite a few refereed journals, and a pair of) chapters first and foremost published in other places and revised through their respective authors specifi­ cally for this collective quantity. within the former case, permission to breed the fabric has been acquired from the respective copyright holders, and the main points of unique book and names of copyright holders are indicated in footnotes.

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In: Golany G (ed) Arid zone settlement planning: the Israeli experience. Pergamon Press, New York, pp43-66 Sheffer G (1978) Elite cartel, vertical domination, and grassroots discontent in Israel. In Tarrow S, Katzenstein PJ, Graziano L (eds) Territorial politics in industrial nations. Praeger, New York, pp 64-96 Smith WF (1975) Urban development. The process and the problems. University of California Press, Berkeley UN (1994) United Nations convention to combat desertification in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.

The performance and determinants of this indicator will also be analyzed using a broader settlement sample. 2 Defining Sustainability In the wake of rising environmental awareness, various aspects of sustainable development (SD) have become the focus of academic study. Given the multifaceted nature of SD, it is not surprising that definitions of the phenomenon vary widely: as Haughton and Hunter (1994) point out, more than twenty distinctive definitions of SO are currently in use. The most widely cited definition of SD is, however, that of the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), which describes SD as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Turner 1993).

However, this indicator reflects only one component of population growth -- migration -- neglecting the effect of natural growth. The natural growth rate is essential for the proper understanding of the processes of urban growth in particular geographic areas since this indicator reflects both socio-

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