Natural Environment and Culture In the Mediterranean Region
|UW-L Author:||Georges G. Cravins, Ph.D.
Efe, Recep, Georges Cravins, Munir Ozturk, and Ibrahim Atalay. Natural Environment and Culture in the Mediterranean Region. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
The largest of the world's five Mediterranean-climate regions and one of
the largest archipelagos in the world, the
At present approximately 300 million people live here and water shortages and desertification will be the serious problems in the near future. Tourism is placing a significant pressure on the coastal ecosystems. The construction of infrastructure and the direct impacts of people using and trampling sensitive dune ecosystems remains a key threat to coastal areas. In view of the valuable natural heritage there is a great need for weighing our ecological impact in order to achieve a balance between biodiversity conservation and human development and above all, how to maintain traditional rural livelihoods in a way that benefits biodiversity.
The changes in the atmosphere, geomorphological processes, and most natural cycles involving a biomass of any substantial size denote the arrival of a new geological period the "Anthropocene". We the humans are actively changing the overall conditions of our existence by terraforming the earth, changing the overall patterns of basic life systems in the process of remaking our specific contexts, not least to supposedly secure our modes of life. This book is thus synthesizing knowledge from many disciplines to throw some light on the unpredictability of forthcoming changes.
About the Author
Georges G. Cravins is Professor of Geography at
He obtained his Ph.D.,