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Title: The environment : theories assessment techniques and policies : the Saudi experience
Author: Al-Gilani, Ahmad Ali
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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Although the experience of Saudi Arabia in environmental issues is relatively recent, the government has managed to establish policy directions and administrative bodies to implement these. The current national policies suffer from several problems, including the lack of a coherent framework and difficulties in implementing adopted policies. Furthermore, lack of co-ordination and overlap of authority complicate the process of environmental decision making and policy implementation. This research represents an effort to analyze and evaluate environmental policies in Saudi Arabia. It provides some insight into the environmental policy decision-making process; assessment techniques; the efficiency of environmental institutions; and current practice. The first chapter presents the problems and describes the research method and constraints. A qualitative method is used in considering and evaluating the factors which have led to formalising, and implementing environmental policies. The second chapter reviews the evolution of environmental theories and ethics through different phases of history, including the Islamic perspective of man-nature relation. Chapter three gives a theoretical background of environmental economics, environmental decision making, assessment techniques, policy formulation, policy instruments, and environmental law. A brief review of national environmental policies in several countries is included. A background of the Saudi environment and environmental conditions forms the first part of chapter four, while the second part introduces the political system and culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. An example of a traditional environmental practice is given in the same chapter. The fifth chapter discusses and assesses the Saudi environmental policy documents, the administrative structure, environmental decision making process, and environmental laws. Further discussion and assessment of environmental institutions, environmental awareness, and public participation is given in chapter six. The seventh chapter summaries and categorises the major factors shaping the Saudi environmental policies and presents a proposal for change including a revised framework of national environmental policies and new institutional structure. Chapter eight gives a concluding summary in addition to suggestions for future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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