Poverty and the environment linked in Hyderabad
April 04, 2007
In Hyderabad (India), a city of over five million people, 30 to 35 percent of the population is defined as the urban poor.
Water, air pollution and sanitation are the most severe environmental problems facing the city, and their impacts are more keenly felt by the urban poor. These harmful environmental conditions have been found to adversely effect the living conditions of the poor by impacting negatively on their health.
Efforts now underway to improve environmental infrastructure and strategies for poverty alleviation are focused on investments in basic civic infrastructure.
ICLEI’s Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Campaign promotes a participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that supports local governance by identifying local sustainability priorities and mobilizing local governments and their citizens to implement long-term action plans that address these sustainable priorities. Using the LA21 approach of participatory sustainable development planning, ICLEI aims to assist local authorities to move beyond general sustainable development planning and to apply this approach in tackling areas of priority concern. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/la21.
Hyderabad is one of 11 local governments in India that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its projects in South Asia, please visit www.iclei.org/sa.
Source: “Linking Poverty and Environment in Hyderabad, India”, Cities Without Slums: Cities Alliance 2006 Annual Report.
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