Population-environment interface in Botswana: Issues, challenges and prospects

G. Letamo, O. Totolo

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This chapter examines interrelationships between population and environment in Botswana. It reviews the impact of population growth on the environment and the prospects for mitigating these impacts through government policies and programmes. The chapter suggests that rapid population increase negatively affects the environment and proper policy and programme measures are required to address these negative impacts. There is no simple correlation between population and environment as population, environment and development interact in many complex ways. Human populations require resources for their survival and the environment is the primary source of these resources. Botswana’s population continues to increase and this has placed more demand on the use of natural resources. Development encompasses use and conservation of the environment in which human population resides. It considers issues of economic growth, distribution of wealth, poverty alleviation and human welfare. The concept of population density is usually used to measure the relationship between population and resources, particularly land.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Impact on Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781351756662
ISBN (Print)9781138723528
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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