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Towards an Urbanized World: A challenge for urban planning and sustainable development

Author: Eckhart Ribbeck
Organisation: Faculty of Technology / Addis Ababa University & Engineering Capacity Building Program (ecbp
Publish Date: March 2007
Country: Global
Sector: Development
Method: Scenarios
Theme: Poverty
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Urbanization, Poor, Slums, Urban Planning, Sustainable Development

The maximum "carrying capacity“ of the globe is estimated to be roughly 9 billion people, considering natural resources like fertile land and water. Thus, the worst-case-scenario would be a world population of 11 billion combined with increasing resource consumption. The best-case-scenario is a stabilized world population of less than 8 billion, combined with efficient technologies which are able to reduce the per capita consumption of land, water, energy and other resources. Only this provides a realistic chance for long term sustainable development
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