The topics in this theme describe the key drivers of human caused change in the environment - population growth and economic trends. Growth in population is the main driver that is presenting challenges to maintain the condition of the environment.
The NSW population continues to increase; between 2012 and 2017 the annual average growth rate was 1.5%. Population growth is a key driver of human-caused changes to the environment.
The NSW economy is shifting to a less resource-intensive, services-based economy.