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Carrying-Capacity as a Basis for Sustainable Development P. Khanna

Carrying-Capacity as a Basis for Sustainable Development

P. Khanna

Published November 11th 1999
ISBN : 9780080428109
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62 pages
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Paperback. The concept and premises of carrying-capacity are employed as tools for the operationalization of sustainable development. Carrying-capacity of a region, comprising its supportive and assimilative capacities, is defined as the ability to produce desired outputs from a constrained resource base to achieve a higher and more equitable quality of life, while maintaining desired environmental quality, and ecological health. The proposed planning process explicitly includes interaction between the community, experts and decision-makers to arrive at trade-offs between the desired production-consumption levels through the exploitation of supportive capacity within its regenerative potential, and environmental quality within the assimilative capacity of the regional ecosystem. These trade-offs result in structural shifts necessary for reconciling competing demands in the overall process of socio-economic development through appropriate technological, ma