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|Urban Poverty and Environment (UPE) Program|
The Urban Poverty & Environment Program (UPE) funds research and activities in developing countries that apply integrated and participatory approaches to reducing environmental burdens on the urban poor and enhancing the use of natural resources for food, water and income security.
UPE aims at easing environmental burdens that exacerbate poverty in selected cities by strengthening the capacity of the poor to equitably access environmental services, reduce environmental degradation and vulnerability to natural disasters, and enhance use of natural resources for food, water, and income security.
|Water and Sanitation|
“Less than half the population in most urban centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America have water piped to their homes, and less than one-third have good quality sanitation.”The inextricable link between water, sanitation and poverty continues to become increasingly visible in cities of the developing world. With growing populations and inadequate physical and institutional infrastructure, underserved communities of third world cities are often reliant on informal suppliers for the water and sanitation services they require. This frequently results in the urban poor spending a high proportion of their income on these services, and creates a costly trade-off between economic stability and health. Lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation services can be directly linked to rising incidence of waterborne diseases and poor health from the use of contaminated water in everyday activities.
To address the issues corresponding to safe urban water and sanitation services, the Urban Poverty and Environment (UPE) Program supports projects which target the sources and symptoms of inadequate service delivery through integrated multi-stakeholder approaches. In Lebanon and Jordan, for example, UPE has supported the development of a greywater treatment system which allows it users to capture and re-use otherwise wasted household water. The economic, social and health benefits emerging from the project underpin the possibility of employing cost-effective solutions to benefit the poor and improve their access to water and sanitation services in an urban environment.
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