Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Scarcity

By Dave Flynn.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainable development is critical to China, and may be especially salient for two of the most significant regions of economic development in China, the Pearl and Yangtze River Deltas. China’s economy has been growing at 8-10% for more than a decade. However, critically, air and water quality in Chinese cities are declining. Additionally, the country suffers from a chronic water shortage because of the size of the population and rapid economic development. When we compare water usage in the different regions of the Yangtze and Pearl River Deltas, consumption is higher in the Yangtze River Estuary versus the Pearl River Basin. However, Yangtze River Estuary is more efficient because lower water consumption yields higher economic output, on a per capita basis. Suggestions are made to help reduce China’s water footprint.

Keywords: Efficient Water Usage, Government Sponsorship, Sustainable Economic Development, Water Footprint

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.193-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.713MB).

Dr. Dave Flynn

Professor, Department of Management , Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA

Early research focused on science policy and innovation in Japan and later, China. Since then, my research focused on entrepreneurship and economic development, especially in China and other Asia. More recently, recognizing the limits to sustainable development, my research considers natural resource scarcity in China and India.


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