The area of Western Asia includes many countries in the Arab world. Included among these are Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.
The people in these areas live
under highly different conditions. Some nations are much wealthier than others, often because their supply of natural resources such as oil is greater.Over 70% of Western Asia is considered arid. Little rain falls, and high temperatures mean that heavy evaporation also takes places. What
rain does fall can come at any time, though much of the rainfall is concentrated in the winter months.
As a result of the dryness and uncertainty of rainfall, agriculture is very difficult in the area.
Western Asia suffers from a variety of environmental problems. These problems are only becoming worse, and it is in the interests of the region to solve them as soon as possible.
The largest environmental problems in Western Asia are desertification, deforestation, land degradation, marine destruction, lack of water supplies, pollution, hazardous waste, and a failure to conserve the natural environment.
Some of these issues threaten to affect the region in the very near future. Problems such as desertification mean that farming will become even more
difficult, limiting the area's food supply. Conservation of water resources is also important, and new supplies will have to be tapped in the future.
Western Asia - Biodiversity Issues
Western Asia - Economic Aspects
Western Asia - Major Land Problems
Western Asia - Major Water Problems
Western Asia - Marine Environments
Western Asia - National Projects
Western Asia - Regional Projects
Western Asia - Social Aspects
Western Asia - Urban and Industrial Problems