The authors of an article in the most recent issue of Science
report that population tends to grow, not decline, around protected areas
. Population growth means increased donor funding for conservation programs, they say, but high population density can negatively impact the effectiveness of such programs.
The latest volume of the journal Population and Environment
, featuring contributions from former ECSP speakers Lori Hunter
, Roger-Mark De Souza
, and Judy Oglethorpe
, examines the links between the environment and HIV/AIDS in Africa
, calling for greater attention to the connections between these seemingly disparate issues.
Population growth rates and conservation are closely and inextricably linked, says a new UN Population Fund fact sheet that argues that slowing growth rates worldwide through family planning programming is a vital, and currently underfunded, component of the fight against environmental degradation.
“Countries have historically been quick to rattle their sabers over water, but they have nevertheless been content to keep them sheathed,” write ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko and ECSP Program Assistant Karin Bencala in “Water Wars: Obscuring Opportunities,” published in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs (PDF previews), which focuses on global water issues.