Water Resources, Population Growth, and the Environment in Malaysia: An Overview


Water is the basic need for life as well as the essential input for industries. The increasing population and urbanization leads to the highly demand of water consumption which contributes to water scarcity among residential and industrial usage. Water stress is the most crucial environmental challenges experiencing in many nations around the globe. Beside, water shortage an increase to the population would also bring industrialization and urbanization which causes environmental problems which directly affects the quality of the water supply. Population growth have a significant effect on environment in order to meet the sustainable development. This paper reviews and analyse on the trends in water resources, population growth and environment pattern in order to understand the key issues and challenges faces for water resource development in Malaysia. Furthermore, it attempt to examine the linkages between the population, water consumption and environment. The article finally discusses the importance of improving and enhancing existing policies of water resources in order to conserve the nature while promoting sustainable economic growth.

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Zuraini Anang, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
Noorhaslinda Kulub Abdul Rashid, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

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Conference: ECSEE2018
Stream: Environmental Sustainability & Human Consumption: Food and Water, Hunger and Thirst

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