Human and natural resources are the basis of all economic activities. Economic activities in turn affect thequantity and quality of natural and environmental resources. Economic activities change the stock of natural resources. The change of stock calls for appropriate trade-off between the needs of present and future generations. Economic growth without environmental considerations can cause serious damage to the quality of life of the present and future generations.
The concept of sustainable development advocates economic progress in an environmentally responsible manner. Sustainable development attempts to strike a balance between the demands of the economic development and the need for protection of the environment. It seeks to combine the elements of economic efficiency, intergenerational equity, social concerns and environmental protection.
This book is a collection of essays penned by an international group of distinguished scholars from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Hungary, Romania, South Korea, Japan and India. Contributions included in this book focus on interaction between population, environment and development in various areas of the world.
The book provides fresh thoughts and broad understanding of the current issues and challenges to be faced in the present century pertaining to complex inter-relationships between population, environment and development. It makes a significant departure from the existing pattern of literature available on the subject. This book brings together the ideas of scholars in the field of population, environment and development. Their respective contributions are socially relevant for the contemporary society. The book is useful for a cross-section of readers including geographers, demographers, environmentalists, development economists, legislators and others interested in the dynamics of modern growth process.