|Period:||October 1, 2002 - December 1, 2005|
|Co-ordinator:||Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI)|
Policy Analysis Division
New Delhi, India
|Sponsor:||INCO Dev programme, European Commission|
In India urban population is increasing at alarming rates and there has been a rapid increase in number and size of urban centres. Urban settlements, especially large cities, draw heavily on natural resources from surrounding rural areas. If not properly managed, cities can generate wastes in a manner that can disturb physical, geochemical, and biological cycles of the ecosystem. Changes in rural areas around urban areas are frequent and are critical factors in determining the environmental quality. It is imperative that the impacts of urbanisation on periurban natural resources must be understood to achieve sustainable settlements. The overall objective of this project is to bring together local communities, researchers, and responsible authorities at the local and national level to identify a set of policy options to achieve sustainable settlements.
The project is a thematic network activity that proposes to bring together local communities, researchers, and responsible authorities at the local and national level to identify policy options to achieve sustainable settlements. It will build upon research carried out at national and international level to understand the environmental and economic problems and opportunities created in the rural areas around the urban settlements. This is achieved through two main activities "discussions" using a range of media (e-mail, letters, face-to-face dialogue, telephonic conversations etc) and "workshop".