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Sustainability 2014, 6(5), 2929-2945; doi:10.3390/su6052929

Local Sustainability and Cooperation Actions in the Mediterranean Region

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Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Institute of Management, Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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Laboratory of Anthropology, Department of Biology, University of Florence, Florence 50100, Italy
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Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
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Received: 11 February 2014 / Revised: 10 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 May 2014 / Published: 14 May 2014
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The populations of the Middle East and Africa are increasing rapidly, contributing to rapid urban growth. This paper describes a two-year action research process involving diverse public, private, and community stakeholders. The actions aimed to develop and strengthen the capabilities of three Mediterranean cities (Marrakech, Morocco; Sin el Fil, Lebanon; and Bodrum, Turkey) in managing and promoting local sustainable development. The needs and priorities of each Mediterranean partner were identified and pilot actions were elaborated to promote urban sustainability, the exploitation of local resources, and the enhancement of local tangible and intangible assets. The paper describes the outputs of pilot actions carried out in these cities, highlighting how these experiences contribute to the current debate on urban sustainability. Broad implications for policy and practice are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; urban sustainability; local cooperation; Mediterranean Basin region sustainable development; urban sustainability; local cooperation; Mediterranean Basin region
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Daddi, T.; Vaglio, S.; Battaglia, M. Local Sustainability and Cooperation Actions in the Mediterranean Region. Sustainability 2014, 6, 2929-2945.

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