Growth and degradation in the Orient's 'Las Vegas': Issues of environment in Macau

Xiaojiang YU*

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This paper argues that the rapid growth of gambling-related tourism and urban construction in Macau has given rise to serious environmental degradation. The major environmental issues include air quality, water supply, solid waste disposal, noise prevention, heritage conservation and environmental management. The author suggests that the government in Macau should refocus this city's development direction and commit itself to sustainable development. At the policy-making level, there are such urgent issues as integration of environmental, economic and urban planning with community participation in decision-making; enhancement of environmental legislation and institutions; implementing vital measures to control of the numbers of visitors; developing a mass transport system; and protecting the city's cultural heritage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-683
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • Environmental issues
  • Gambling-related tourism
  • Macau
  • Urban development


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