This document explains how environmental preconditions, like climate and geography, limit human access to water; and how human activities affect the global water systems.
|Title||Population and water resources : a delicate balance|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Authors||Falkenmark, M, Widstrand, C|
|Secondary Title||Population bulletin|
|Volume||vol. 47, no. 3|
|Pagination||36 p.: 5 box, 9 fig., photogr., 5 tab|
|Publisher||Population Reference Bureau|
|Place Published||Washington, DC, USA|
|Keywords||access to water, international level, policies, population increase, sdiurb, sdiwrm, water demand, water resources management, water shortage, water use|
This document explains how environmental preconditions, like climate and geography, limit human access to water; and how human activities affect the global water systems. With a harsh hydroclimate and growing population pressure, arid and semi-arid regions of Africa are already living on the hydrological margin. By 2025, over 1 billion people worldwide will be living in areas subject to extreme water scarcity. Slower population growth, conservation, appropriate agricultural policies, and increased storage facilities are among the many ways water-scarce areas can maintain the balance between population and water resources.