Population Megatrends and Water Management

Olli Varis*

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Demographic development is a megatrend, which ties to almost any other conceivable megatrend. Comprehension of most significant features of the world’s population development is fundamental when elaborating other megatrends. Despite, the concurrent debate on development policies, and future prospects of freshwater management seem to overlook the dynamism and continuous, rapid and location-specific changes in many of the key demographic features as they develop in different parts of the world. This chapter demonstrates some of such features, calling them ‘myths’, and elaborates the impact of such features on water management. It is recommended to be careful with the use of many common development jargon words (such as ‘global south’ and ‘industrialised country’) and to scrutiny the key demographics before entering any debate on megatrends that has a link to demographic development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssessing Global Water Megatrends
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-6695-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameWater Resources Development and Management
ISSN (Print)1614-810X
ISSN (Electronic)2198-316X


  • Ageing
  • Demographics
  • Development policies
  • Urban development
  • Water resources management

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