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date: 05 July 2020

Urbanization—Western Asia and Northern Africa  

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Author(s):
Tarek MAJZOUBTarek MAJZOUB, Fabienne QUILLERÉ-MAJZOUBFabienne QUILLERÉ-MAJZOUB

The process of turning urban centers into somewhat rural-seeming places through new migrants’ practice of urban or peri-urban agriculture is widespread in most countries of western Asia and northern Africa. Urbanization has been left to codified law, but the region is in a position to inspire countries toward more environmentally sustainable behavior as it reassesses customary law practices, such as aflaj, a traditional water management system, and hima–s, a traditional system of multipurpose land use and protection. ...

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