POPULATION-LANDSCAPE INTERACTIONS IN DEVELOPMENT - A WATER PERSPECTIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Citation
M. Falkenmark et Ra. Suprapto, POPULATION-LANDSCAPE INTERACTIONS IN DEVELOPMENT - A WATER PERSPECTIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 31-36
Citations number
52
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
31 - 36
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<31:PIID-A>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
This paper is an interdisciplinary attempt to address the relation bet ween the population with its social interactions, and the resource bas e of the surrounding landscape. It tries to merge a sociological and a nthropological approach in explaining population and demographic condi tions with an ecohydrological approach in explaining fundamental envir onmental functions and phenomena in the landscape. It draws attention to the fact that Third World development often has to take place under genuine water scarcity. At the same time, livelihood demands and prod uction activities necessitate manipulations of soil, vegetation and wa ter, in spite of the environmental vulnerability typical of low latitu des. This calls for skillful balancing methods between intended benefi ts and unavoidable side effects to secure environmental sustainability , protection of land fertility being crucial.