Barriers and opportunities for participatory environmental upgrading: Case study of Havelock informal settlement, Durban

Parikh, P., Bisaga, I., Loggia, C., Georgiadou, M. and Ojo-Aromokudu, J. 2020. Barriers and opportunities for participatory environmental upgrading: Case study of Havelock informal settlement, Durban. City and Environment Interactions. 5 100041. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cacint.2020.100041

TitleBarriers and opportunities for participatory environmental upgrading: Case study of Havelock informal settlement, Durban
TypeJournal article
AuthorsParikh, P., Bisaga, I., Loggia, C., Georgiadou, M. and Ojo-Aromokudu, J.
Abstract

Urbanisation is one of the key challenges of this decade with 68% of the global population likely to be living in urban areas by 2050. This challenge is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa where future towns and cities will see an influx of residents living in spontaneous human settlements. As cities struggle to keep up with the speed of growth and spread of informal settlements, associated environmental challenges such as air and water pollution and waste management have been significantly increasing posing a health risk in high density settings. Using the case of Havelock informal settlement in Durban, the authors identified key challenges associated with poor environmental conditions, lack of basic infrastructure, and the implications for settlement upgrading. The study uses mixed methods combining transect walks, priority mapping, seasonal calendar, focus group discussions and household interviews to explore the households' most challenging environmental issues faced daily by informal dwellers. This paper seeks to make the case for targeted participatory environmental infrastructure and management delivery in urban settlements in South Africa. The research also highlights the value of adopting a holistic approach to infrastructure provision to effectively enhance the living conditions of communities. Targeted participatory processes are vital to ensure that holistic infrastructure interventions are acceptable, appropriate and embedded in local communities to create sustainable habitats.

KeywordsInformal settlement
In-situ upgrading
Infrastructure
Environmental management
Durban
Water
Sanitation
Solid waste
Article number100041
JournalCity and Environment Interactions
Journal citation5
ISSN2590-2520
Year2020
PublisherElsevier
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cacint.2020.100041
Publication dates
Published online11 Jul 2020

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