MVP Sustainability Map
GDP Per Capita
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Malaysia’s population is almost twice as large as is sustainable at current consumption levels. Fertility rates have been coming down, and for the past decade have hovered around replacement. However the country is still experiencing roughly 400,000 more births than deaths putting increasing strains on its natural resources.
The UN reports Malaysia's deforestation rate is accelerating faster than that of any other tropical country in the world.
Malaysia’s fertility rate keeps declining due to more women being educated and marrying later in life and having jobs. Both society and education institutions changed their attitudes about whether girls should receive education or not, which influenced this increase. It is no longer as unusual for girls to seek an education to gain a career, so schools started changing the curriculum to include girls.(1)