Course:CONS200/2023/Deforestation of Coastal Forests in Lebanon

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As the overpopulation, overexploitation, and instability is evident, chaotic urban expansion is both required and already leaving its claw-marks as this indirectly leads to the finite resources and available land becoming more vulnerable for urbanization and both the rural and urban areas becoming degraded.[1] Similar to the factors that lead Lebanon to deforest, urbanize, industrialize, and ultimately degrading the land in one definition or another, unfortunately this is a constant around the globe. Since the start of the 20th century, factors such as high food demand caused by growing populations, unreasonable development and utilization, and erratic urbanization and industrialization has worsened and increased land degradation. [2] On the global scale, almost 75 percent of the Earth's surface has already been degraded in one form or another.[3] The terminology and definition of degradation is both controversial and extremely challenging to conceptualize and quantify as it is often subjective and is based on the observers' relationship and values of the land.[4] Conceptually, the perception of the farmer and an ecologist or an engineer will be completely different when it comes to the value and degraded land as the farmer will consider the land degraded if the field isn't productive, where the engineer might deem otherwise.[5]Add your introduction here[1], covering general background information about the topic (e.g. location, duration).

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