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Population, Consumption, and the Environment (PCE)

Population, Consumption, and the Environment (PCE)Duration: 2004
Funding: The John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation
Website: http://www.pcebase.org

The John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation has been at the forefront in recognizing the need to develop rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the complex interactions among population, consumption and the environment. In response, the foundation created a focused program straddling ecosystem conservation and population.

The goal of the Population, Consumption, and Environment Program has been to help create a new, interdisciplinary field of scientific study with significant policy implications. A total of 40 projects (approximately US $ 7 million) have been funded through the Population, Consumption, and Environment initiative since 1995. Since 1997, the PCE Program has focused mainly on coastal ecosystems, as these areas support the highest rate of population growth in the world and are in many cases at greatest risk of ecological collapse.

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, ReefBase created a website that summarizes the findings of MacArthur-funded studies of Population, Consumption and Environment in the coastal zones. It discusses policy implications of this and other work in the field, and directs visitors to further resources, including a photo library, other websites, institutions, and papers.
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