chapter  3
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A Proposed Model for Environmental Protection in the Middle East

For the fIrSt time in the tumultuous and difficult modem history of the Middle East there is an opportunity for the parties of the region to address the physical interdependence and environmental challenges that they share. For although the Middle East is comprised of diverse geographical and climatic zones, it can be regarded as one single, unified environmental system. The region is home to nations which have undertaken broad development programs characterized by extensive urban growth and a rapid modernization of industry and agriCUlture. Without careful incorporation of environmental considerations, all of this development will hasten the degradation of the area's scarce natural resources and impact adversely the very growth and quality of life these states seek to promote.