The Conditions of the Environment as Factors Affecting the Social and Political Stability of Populations

Abstract

In this review article, the different conditions of the environment which could affect the well-being of the populations living on it are taken into consideration and analysed. A specific attention is paid to the phenomenon of water reduction, land degradation and consequent desertification. Such a phenomenon is particularly worrying in selected regions of the world (the Mediterranean Region and Central Asia) in which a combination of several factors including climate variations, pressure of populations and increased competition for the available resources have a direct consequence on the economical, social and political conditions of the population. In addition, migrations could also take place, increasing the instability of entire regions. A proper management of water resources and the preservation of land and soil resources are essential requisites to counteract the mentioned adverse effects. Such a management is frequently a transboundary concern since it might involve different regions and countries; this is an additional reason for debating the environment degradation issues at the international level and for increasing the awareness of the civil society, the policy makers and governments.

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Published
2010-10-07
Keywords:
environment degradation, environmental resources, desertification, environmental security.
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Pedrazzini, F. (2010). The Conditions of the Environment as Factors Affecting the Social and Political Stability of Populations. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 5(s3), 27-31. https://doi.org/10.4081/ija.2010.s3.27