Pakistan, Population, and the Flooding

September 16, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Bob Walker for this blog posting on the Population Institute website.

The recent flooding in Pakistan that has killed an estimated 1500 people and left more than a million people homeless has nothing to do with population. Or does it?

The flooding, of course, has been caused by torrential rains, but deforestation is often a major contributor to flooding in the developing world. Such is almost certainly the case with respect to the North West Frontier (recently renamed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) Province, which is one of the most densely populated and fastest growing regions in Pakistan. Deforestation is a critical problem in many parts of Pakistan, but particularly in the NWFP, where subsistence farmers are heavily dependent upon trees for fuel and lumber. A 2006 report on deforestation in Pakistan found that.

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