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Last reviewed: Mon, 08 Aug 2011

Population pressures on our environment



Christchurch's growing population creates pressure on our environment. How we respond to this population pressure can have either negative or positive environmental outcomes.

More people need more homes to live in, more water to drink, more oportunities for recreation, and more transportation, amongst many other things.


An arial picture of Christchurch emphasising building density.
Photo of a large group of people gathered in Cathedral Square.

There are many pressures impacting on and causing adverse change to our natural and physical environment.  Below is a list of the main population processes that are causing pressure on the state of our environment. 

Historic population growth

Projected population growth

Population density

Household projections

Average household size

Residential development Industrial Development  

Authorising Unit: Strategy Support

Last reviewed: Monday, 8 August 2011

Next review: Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Keywords: population