By the middle of this century more than 6.3 billion people will live in urban areas, or 70% of the world’s projected population. Rapid urbanisation and the effects of climate change have a devastating effect on people around the world who live without adequate access to the most vital requirement for a healthy, stable and prosperous community – clean water. Currently 2.3 billion people globally lack basic sanitation and more than one billion of those are living in urban informal settlements.
The ChownLab is leading the environment component of a Monash-led, international research consortium that will significantly advance human health and well-being, along with environmental conditions, in informal settlements. This will be done by transforming water infrastructure, water management, sanitation practices and aspects of the environment. The project is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Asian Development Bank. Engineers, public health specialists, economists, architects, social scientists and ecologists form part of the team, drawn from Monash, Stanford, Emory, and Melbourne Universities, and involving a range of other public and private sector partners.
Read More about the Water Sensitive Revitalisation of Informal Urban Settlements Project here
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