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Challenges for Sustainable Development in Palestine

Posted in 1997 Papers

Positioned at the crossroads of three continents, geographic Palestine is a tiny piece of land rich with biodiversity, fertile agricultural fields, and varied ecological systems. The preservation of this unique environmental interplay is a responsibility which lies equally upon the people of Palestine, as well as its occupiers. In recent years, however, attention has focused far more on conflicting political claims to the land than to its preservation and sustainable development. Throughout history, as well as in the current Middle East peace process, narrow political agendas have proven to be the leading contributor to the destruction of the Palestinian environment. Although in the current peace process there may be mention of environmental protection, measures are developed almost exclusively along security lines.This paper outlines the major parts of the geopolitical status of Palestine, including bypass roads, settlements, areas A, B and C. It also discusses the geopolitical integrity of the Palestinian Territory.
 

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