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Nature in Built Space in the MENA Region

  • Ambe J. Njoh
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Abstract

The Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region is unique in many ways. For one thing, built space in the region assumes an unconventional meaning. It is not comprised exclusively of concrete buildings and paved streets. Rather, it includes the modern urban centres as well as hamlets of makeshift shelters, ancillary facilities and the foot tracks connecting the hamlets to the communal fields that serve as the food source for livestock. For another thing, the region is characterized by natural features such as abundant oil reserves that constitute a boon to its economy; at the same time, it contains vast arid and desert areas that present enormous challenges to efforts to promote nature in built space. By analyzing the region, this chapter accentuates the need to contextualize discussions of nature in built space.

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  • Ambe J. Njoh
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  1. 1.School of GeosciencesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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