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Governance and access to water and sanitation in the metropolitan fringe: an overview of five case studies

Allen, A; Davila, J; Hofmann, P; (2004) Governance and access to water and sanitation in the metropolitan fringe: an overview of five case studies. In: (Proceedings) N-Aerus Annual Conference: Urban Governance, diversity and social action in cities of the South. : Barcelona.

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Abstract

Abstract The peri-urban interface (PUI) is the location, on the one hand, of a mixed population which often disproportionately comprises poor households and producers, and on the other of important environmental services and natural resources consumed in towns and cities. Many of the localities in the PUI of metropolitan areas can be described as in transition from being predominantly rural to acquiring urban features. This process is often accompanied by substantial pressures over natural resources (such as land and water) due to their increased marketability and greater volumes of pollution generated by higher concentrations of population and enterprises. This paper presents preliminary results from a research project on the governance of water and sanitation services in the PUI of five metropolitan areas (Chennai, Dar es Salaam, Cairo, Mexico City and Caracas). It explores differences and similarities in the formal and informal practices in the delivery and consumption of these services. It deals with issues of access to decision-making, equity, cultural and political practices in delivering, sharing or competing for services, and perceptions of local 'ownership' of natural resources, while highlighting the role that different actors, including state institutions, play in these processes.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Governance and access to water and sanitation in the metropolitan fringe: an overview of five case studies
Event:N-Aerus Annual Conference: Urban Governance, diversity and social action in cities of the South
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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