Man-Landscape Relationships in Mediterranean Areas: A Study of Landscape Changes in the Mount Carmel Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Over the last 50years, Mediterranean landscapes in Israel have undergone major changes mainly because of population growth and economic and social changes. The existence of natural, agricultural and historical landscapes (Grossman et al., 1993; Prevolotzki, 1992; Naveh and Kutiel, 1990) is severely endangered because of these processes. Further complications result from a combination of factors related to Israel's position as a focal point of intensive democratic and political changes during the last 100 years, and to its location in a transition zone between arid and Mediterranean climates. The Carmel region (including Haifa's periphery) represents a system of varied Mediterranean landscapes, differentiated by soil conditions and vegetation, and by the anthropic activities that have taken place over the last hundred years. Accelerated urbanisation and agricultural regression corresponding …

publication date

  • January 1, 2005