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Assessing population limits : a carrying capacity approach to planning

Lane, Murray C. (2011) Assessing population limits : a carrying capacity approach to planning. In 4th International Urban Design Conference, 21-23 September 2011, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, Gold Coast, Qld. (In Press)

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Abstract

While purporting to enhance Australia’s sustainability, the federal government’s Population Strategy rejects the assessment of the limiting factors to future population growth, thus avoiding urgent threshold issues such as resource depletion and environmental destruction. A more forward-thinking and whole-system perspective would assess and incorporate critical biophysical limits into governance processes with suitable prioritisation. It would encourage communities to examine their individual and collective responsibilities in the context of these limits in order to most equitably optimise outcomes; and it would employ both a resource-based examination of minimum population requirements, and an impact-based assessment of maximum thresholds. This carrying capacity approach to planning could help guide society towards a more sustainable future.

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ID Code: 46315
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Population Strategy, carrying capacity, population, limits, sustainability, planning, resilience
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [Please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2011 08:16
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2011 22:46

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