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Urban Greening

Pollution and limited green cover are some of the primary concerns of municipalities and people alike. Rapid, uncontrolled urbanization usually leads to a concrete landscape, causing air, water, and land pollution. Developing and maintaining green spaces and dealing with polluted sites is very costly for municipalities. However, in the last decades, municipalities across the world have developed low-cost efficient practices to expand green spaces in interstitial areas, involved local associations in green space management, and partnered with state agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations to better understand and address pollution sources. Sharing these experiences and encouraging cooperation between actors in Arab cities is important when it comes to handling these challenges.