1st Edition

Population and Strategies for National Sustainable Development A guide to assist national policy makers in linking population and environment in strategies for development

By Gayl D Ness, Meghan V Golay Copyright 1997

    The guide serves as a resource for national-level policy makers and the staff of conservation organizations who wish to integrate population and environmental conditions in planning for sustainable development. It presents the basic rationale for linking population and environmental issues, including the demonstrable impact that growth in population and consumption is having on the environment. At the same time, it acknowledges the difficulty of achieving integration due to long-entrenched disciplinary and institutional specialization. The guide refrains from making blanket prescriptions, but rather emphasizes that policy and planning responses must be attuned to the location-specific nature of population-environment interactions. A number of mechanisms for achieving integration are presented, including placement of demographers within national planning organizations, or creation of country-based networks of population and conservation professionals who meet regularly to share knowledge and experience. For those less familiar with previous research, the book includes a primer on demographic change and models and frameworks for understanding the links between population dynamics (births, deaths, growth, migration) and environmental change. Originally published in 1996

    Acknowledgements Executive Summary Preface PART I: Introduction The Guide: Users, Use and Basic Orientation The Global, Historical Context of Population-Environment Dynamics Part II: Population-Environment Linkages in Strategies for National Sustainable Development Strategies Tor Sustainable Development The Meaning of Development Thinking about Linkages Organizing Linkages GIS: New Tools for Linking Visual Capacities Population-Environment Networks: A Proposed Strategy PART III: Linking Population and the Environment - Frameworks and Models Introduction Characteristics of Frameworks and Models Common Frameworks: I=PAT Models oT Population-Environment Dynamics IIASA's Population-Development-Environment Model Next Steps PART IV: Population Parameters and Dynamics The Demographic Transitions A National Population-Environment Review Basic Issues: Size and Vital Rates Aged Sex Composition Population Momentum Migration and Environment Urbanization Measuring the Quality of Life Socially Defined Groups: Gender, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Peoples Environmental Indicators Bibliography Glossary Index


    Gayl D Ness and Meghan V Golay