African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6688

Full Length Research Paper

Population growth and its environmental impact in Syria: A case study of Lattakia region

Nazir Hassan*
  • Nazir Hassan*
  • Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21, Prague 6, Czech Republic.
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Vladimir Krepl
  • Vladimir Krepl
  • Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21, Prague 6, Czech Republic.
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  •  Received: 01 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 09 January 2015
  •  Published: 22 January 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates and monitors the impact of population growth on the standard of living in the Lattakia region of Syria Arab Republic. It focuses on the effect of pollution on population growth in the region and how this affects the surface and groundwater resource. There has been symmetrical expansion of the agricultural and urban sectors in Lattakia as its population increased and this has caused negative effect on the water quality resource available in the region. For the purpose of this research, the region of Lattakia has been divided into four study areas; Firstly, Alsin River area, which is the main source of drinking water in the region, is designated as area (A1). While the east of Gable town is designated as area (A2), and area (A3) includes the main city of Lattakia and its countryside, and area (A4) is made up of the largest rivers in the costal basin. Chemical, biochemical and bacterial tests were carried out, and the results obtained shows the existence of chemical and bacterial contaminants and it was also observed that the surface and ground water in area (A1), which is the main source of drinking water in the region is polluted with bacteria Escherichia coli. Laboratory tests investigations carried out proved the existence of germs type E. coli in excessive concentration of bacteria from sewage, and high value of nitrate and nitrite ions in area A2 which are predominantly used for agricultural activities. The results from area (A3) and (A4) shows the existence of chemical and bacterial contaminations and the increase in the rates of pollution in area P1 (springs great north River Area) to the estuary area P2 (the estuary point the great north river in the sea) and the presence of a strong correlation between the number of inhabitants in the area of the river and increase in the rates and various types of pollution. This research was carried out just before the commencement of the crisis in The Syrian Arab Republic.

 

Key words: Lattakia, pollution, rain fall, great north river, nitrate, Escherichia coli, nitrite, biological oxygen demand (BOD).