Low Maintenance Landscapes for the Middle East

The primer discusses the applicability of ecological data and principles to landscape planning in the Middle East. An understanding of natural processes should improve the viability as well as the quality of landscape design. Recognizing and protecting natural systems that buffer human developments from harsh environmental forces, such as wind erosion, is one important avenue of applying ecological information. Selection of plant species and plant associations from native vegetation and developing their use in land reclamation and landscape design is another very promising application. In this context, we discuss current problems, describe environmental factors and suggest ways that the environmental and ecological information can be used in developing new approaches. The use of native plants for large area landscape management is especially emphasized as a low maintenance, sustainable landscape approach.
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