Population-Development-Environment: Understanding Their Interactions in Mauritius

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540583011
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 415

Table of Contents

Map of Mauritius
1 Introduction 1
2 Background: People and Development 11
3 Simulation Models of Demographic, Economic, and Environmental Interactions 33
4 People on Mauritius: 1638-1991 75
5 From No-Man's-Land to a Congested Paradise: An Environmental History of Mauritius 99
6 Water Resources and Water Management 121
7 Sugar Cane and Other Agriculture 139
8 Industrial Development and the Labor Force 157
9 Sustainable Tourism 175
10 Energy 191
11 Philosophy of the PDE Approach 209
12 The Population Module 221
13 The Economic Module 233
14 Land Use and Regional Distribution 249
15 Modeling the Water Systems 265
16 Scenarios for Mauritius, 1990-2050 293
17 Alternative Histories Since 1962 333
18 Lessons From Mauritius in the Global Context 361
19 Epilogue: How Useful is the Mauritius Study for Other Parts of the World? 387
References 391
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