Bedouins by the Lake

Ahmed Belal and John Briggs

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161988
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970320 | DOI:
Bedouins by the Lake

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Sustainable development and environmental change have become two of the watchwords of the new century. But what do they mean for ordinary people living in some of the harshest environments in the world, where survival is the driving force? This book sets out to examine these issues and how they affect, and are affected by, Bedouin communities living in the arid areas of the Nubian Desert in southeastern Egypt. Written by a joint Egyptian, Russian, and British research team, the book seeks to examine how the Bedouin of this area have coped with the environmental changes brought about after the construction of the Aswan High Dam and resulting formation of Lake Nasser. After documenting the nature of these changes, the chapters show the practical and strategic ways in which the Bedouin have responded by adapting both their use of environmental resources and the social and economic dimensions of their community. The book argues that people in these communities are active agents of change and must not be seen as passive victims. For them, sustainable development and environmental change are not abstract academic debates, but real-life, everyday issues around which they must organize their lives.

Keywords: sustainable development; environmental change; Bedouin communities; Nubian Desert; Lake Nasser; environmental resources

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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