This book focuses on two basic concepts: security and desertification in the Mediterranean Region and their linkages. It emerged from a single meeting of the "Workshop on Desertification in the Mediterranean Region. A Security Issue" held in Valencia, Spain on 2-5 December 2003, which was sponsored by the NATO Science Committee and NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society. Desertification is recognized as a process of land degradation in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas of the world that is the result of natural phenomena (e.g. climate variation) and anthropogenic factors. The outcome of this type of degradation has typically been considered to be either a reduction or a loss of both biological and economic productivity. The scope of the book includes the identification of the physical processes of desertification specific to both the north and south Mediterranean Region. Additionally, it specifically questions how changing environmental conditions may potentially reduce stability and peace in the world and thus affect "environmental security." During the workshop an array of government diplomats, security specialists, and social and physical scientists from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and North America reviewed the actions of past and current Mediterranean land use practices, especially in regard to environmental security, environmental consequences, and challenges for the future. The book is divided into six special topical areas dealing with Linking Environmental Condition to Security; Assessing Regional Conditions; Assessing Land Use Change Relative to Human-induced and Natural Cause; Opportunities for Regional Cooperation and Information Sharing; Soil and Vegetation Monitoring; and Development of Regional Desertification Indicators and Forecasting Techniques. This book provides a multi-lateral forum for cooperation, information exchange, and dialogue among the environmental, development, foreign and security policy communities within the Mediterranean Region and thus may provide a precedent for further cooperation and partnership, including other more advanced conferences and publications, on assessing the condition of the entire region and the subsequent impacts and linkages to environmental security.
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The Stephanides Pregnancy
Women in uniform weren't Christos Stephanides' thing - until he saw Betsy Mitchell, in her chauffeur's outfit at the wheel of his hired limousine. He was determined to seduce her, and his enemies thoughtfully provided the opportunity by holding him captive on a Mediterranean island, along with Betsy.
While they waited to be rescued, Christos pursued his passion plan with increased enthusiasm...despite Betsy pointing out to him that she could well become pregnant with his child!
A Ring To Rescue His Heir
Working late is nothing new for tycoon Alex - and it's the perfect excuse to get close to office cleaner Rosie Gray. He promised his ailing godfather he'd discover whether his long-lost granddaughter is a worthy heir.
Intoxicated by the after-hours attentions of the suave businessman, Rosie dreams are destroyed when the bedroom door slams after their one-night stand. But now she's pregnant, so Rosie confronts him, but no one at work knows 'Alex Kolovos'. They do know Alexius Stavroulakis, the CEO, and he has a glittering proposal for her!
Roccanti's Marriage Revenge
Vitale Roccanti's plan was simple - sleep with the daughter to get to the father. What could go wrong? But staring at the headline that announces the success of his plan doesn't feel half as satisfying as Zara did beneath his touch.
Zara Blake is shattered by the public expose of the night she risked it all - and lost. She betrayed her father, and his plans for her marriage, for one chance at passion. But that's nothing compared to the headline that will come in nine month's time!
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