Population, Economy, and Environment in Mauritius (Proceedings of the task force meeting on Population and Sustainable Development: Mauritius, 3-5 September 1990)

Lutz W & Toth FL (1991). Population, Economy, and Environment in Mauritius (Proceedings of the task force meeting on Population and Sustainable Development: Mauritius, 3-5 September 1990). IIASA Collaborative Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: CP-91-001

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Abstract

Studies of population and of sustainable development enjoy a long and distinguished tradition at IIASA as does research of complex systems. The papers included in this volume build on that tradition, in the same way that our project on Mauritius does, but the research also has several characteristics that make it especially interesting.

This is the first time that IIASA has directed a project that entails scientific collaboration with one specific academic institution in the Southern hemisphere, and focuses on a country which has only 0.00125 percent of the world's land surface and 0.020 percent of its population. In conducting this type of project, the objective is to gain a deeper understanding of the population-development-environment puzzle by concentrating on a single spot on the world map. IIASA has always been dedicated to interdisciplinary research, but this is the first time that the studies of population, environment and development have been brought together into one project which examines the interaction between these factors in a specific context.

The project has the significant support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and lies at the intersection of the scientific interests of IIASA, the expertise of the University of Mauritius, and the priorities of UNFPA. All involved parties also hope that this project will provide useful background information for the 1992 World Conference on Environment and Development.

The present proceedings of a task force meeting only document the very first step in the project work, namely the assembly of information on Mauritius from many different perspectives. The collection of papers is multidisciplinary, but not yet interdisciplinary. The latter is the task of the presently ongoing project work and will be documented in future publications.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Collaborative Paper)
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:01
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 13:42
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/3579

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