The updated People in the Balance database illustrates how population exerts pressure on available natural resources, especially in countries experiencing rapid population growth. The database provides information about the availability of three critical resources: freshwater, cropland and forests. It also includes data for population growth, which has important implications for resource availability. Investing in family planning programs, particularly in countries with rapid population growth, together with the sustainable use of these critical natural resources, would ensure the well-being of future generations.

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