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Jordan RAPID: Population Growth & Its Impact on Land Use
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Author(s): Higher Population Council and Health Policy Project

Primary Language: English

Date: 8/7/2013

Abstract:

Jordan’s continued economic development and concomitant population growth is putting increased pressure on natural resources and the environment. Over the past 40+ years, the gap between the ecological footprint and the local capacity has grown, and this deficit has largely been made up for by importing goods, especially food and energy, from abroad.

Productive land in Jordan is limited. Only 11 percent of the total land area can be considered agricultural land---of which less than 2 percent is arable; the rest is ranges and forests. As population size increases, so does the need for more land to produce food and build houses, businesses, recreation areas, schools and health facilities, roads, and mosques, as well as other supporting uses.

This RAPID presentation, developed by the Health Policy Project in collaboration with Jordan's Higher Population Council, demonstrates that future population growth will directly affect the use of land in Jordan. While reducing population growth will not be sufficient in eliminating all the pressures being placed on the land, it is a necessary step that needs to be taken in combination with many others if Jordan is to successfully resolve its pressing land use situation.

 


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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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