Stone-Industry in Palestine: Bridging the Gap between Environmental Sustainability and Economical Value
Publication Type
Original research

Stone -also referred to locally as ‘white gold’- is one of the most important
natural resources and one of the main extractive industries in Palestine. It
is one of many traditional industries with a long history of production and
a growing economic value. Despite its authenticity and high value, this
industry and its facilities, such as quarries, crushers, cutting firms and stone
workshops, are spreading randomly throughout the West Bank-Palestine,
thus posing a threat to both natural and built environments and negatively
impacting human health. This paper assessed these negative impacts
on the environment caused by the stone industry’s facilities in the West
Bank by developing a Reality Assessment Model using Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) which take into consideration stone industry
endemism. The model was also used to categorize the stone industry’s
facilities based on a comprehensive criteria. As a conclusion, a categorization
of four levels (Level 1 to 4) based on their environmental impact and
land suitability. It is found that half of the various types of stone industry’s
facilities have a negative environmental impact that causes damage ranging
from medium to very high, while the other half do not cause significant
damage. Thus, the first-class facilities must be closed, second-class
facilities may be closed or remain if their negative impacts are reduced,
while both third-class and fourth-class facilities may be kept in their current
state by minimizing their major negative impact.

Papers in Applied Geography
Taylor and Francis group
Publisher Country
United Kingdom
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Both (Printed and Online)