Finding the Source: The Linkages Between Population and Water
Population and fresh water are widely recognized as two of the most important issues facing humanity, with implications for livelihoods, economic productivity, and political stability. Finding the Source highlights the linkages between these critical issues through case studies from the Philippines, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. The common message is unmistakable: global water problems are still soluble-but only with concerted international action that includes efforts to address population growth.
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Population and fresh water are widely recognized as two of the most important issues facing humanity. Yet too few policymakers are aware of the close links between these two phenomena. Foreword and table of contents.
Fresh water is emerging as the most critical resource issue facing humanity. While the supply of fresh water is limited, both the world’s population and demand for the resource continues to expand rapidly.
This article examines the implications of urbanization for intersectoral competition over water, not only in technical or economic terms, but also in terms of political and social dynamics as well as the possibilities to meet the water needs of growing cities.
This article explores the population/water resources nexus by using empirical examples from Africa in order to isolate some of the strategically important issues that policymakers should recognize.