Carrying Capacity of Ecosystems

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Carrying Capacity of Ecosystems
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Carrying Capacity of Ecosystems means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Ecologists define “carrying capacity” as the population of a given specie that can be supported indefinitely in a given habitat without permanently damaging the ecosystem upon which it depends. For human beings, carrying capacity can be interpreted as the maximum rate of resource consumption and waste discharge that can be sustained indefinitely in a given region without progressively impairing the functional integrity and productivity of relevant ecosystems. The corresponding human population is a function of the per capita rates of resource consumption and waste production. This approach reveals how cities depend on the carrying capacity of ecosystems far beyond their administrative boundaries and the associated built-up areas.

Rees W. 1993, Ecological footprints and appropriated carrying capacity: what urban economics leaves out, in Environment and Urbanisation, vol. 4, no.2