ERIC Number: ED270353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Rapid Population Growth and Human Carrying Capacity: Two Perspectives. World Bank Staff Working Papers No. 690 and Population and Development Series No. 15.
Mahar, Dennis J., Ed.; And Others
Two perspectives on carrying capacity and population growth are examined. The first perspective, "Carrying Capacity and Rapid Population Growth: Definition, Cases, and Consequences" (Robert Muscat), explores the possible meanings of the idea of carrying capacity under developing country conditions, looks at historical and present-day cases of alleged overpopulation in relation to carrying capacity, discusses some of the systems and effects where such situations may be present, reviews some of the dynamic adaptions made by populations living under such pressures, and suggests some of the consequences for economic development and some of the options for public policy. The second perspective, "Carrying Capacity, Population Growth, and Sustainable Development (George Ledec, Robert J. A. Goodland, James W. Kirchner, Janet M. Drake), explores examples of human-induced reductions in long-term carrying capacity such as deforestation, desertification, loss of biological diversity, and pollution. The paper concludes that many developing countries have paid insufficient attention to policies to lower their population growth rates--relative to policies to expand substantially their carrying capacities--as a means of bringing population and natural resource availabilities into balance. (RSL)
Descriptors: Attrition (Research Studies), Demography, Overpopulation, Population Distribution, Population Education, Population Growth, Population Trends, Trend Analysis
Publications Sales University Department T, The World Bank, 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20433.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see SO 017 156-157; SO 017 160; SO 017 162-164; SO 017 192.