Population-Development-Environment: Understanding Their Interactions in Mauritius

Population-Development-Environment: Understanding Their Interactions in Mauritius

by Wolfgang Lutz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387583017

ISBN-13: 9780387583013

Pub. Date: 08/01/1994

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius was chosen as a case study for an in-depth analysis of the complex and controversial interactions between population, economic development, and environmental constraints. Mauritius, with one of the world's highest population densities, has excellent data for such an analysis. During the 1960s/70s it experienced the world's most

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The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius was chosen as a case study for an in-depth analysis of the complex and controversial interactions between population, economic development, and environmental constraints. Mauritius, with one of the world's highest population densities, has excellent data for such an analysis. During the 1960s/70s it experienced the world's most rapid fertility decline, followed by a remarkable economic boom. Rapid industrialization, however, threatens the environment.
The computer simulation model described in this book shows possible paths of future development that can lead to sustainable economic growth and high social development, even under high environmental standards.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387583013
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Pages:
415

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Contributors
Map of Mauritius
1Introduction1
2Background: People and Development11
3Simulation Models of Demographic, Economic, and Environmental Interactions33
4People on Mauritius: 1638-199175
5From No-Man's-Land to a Congested Paradise: An Environmental History of Mauritius99
6Water Resources and Water Management121
7Sugar Cane and Other Agriculture139
8Industrial Development and the Labor Force157
9Sustainable Tourism175
10Energy191
11Philosophy of the PDE Approach209
12The Population Module221
13The Economic Module233
14Land Use and Regional Distribution249
15Modeling the Water Systems265
16Scenarios for Mauritius, 1990-2050293
17Alternative Histories Since 1962333
18Lessons From Mauritius in the Global Context361
19Epilogue: How Useful is the Mauritius Study for Other Parts of the World?387
References391

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