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PUBLICATION ADDRESSES ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF INFORMAL URBAN SETTLEMENTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

 PUBLICATION ADDRESSES ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
 OF INFORMAL URBAN SETTLEMENTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
 WASHINGTON, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF) today announced the publication of Partnership for a Livable Environment, a 42-page monograph that explores the relationship between the enormous growth of informal urban settlements in developing countries, the daily living practices of settlement residents, and the impact on the environment. The publication introduces a partnership model that promotes affordable, community-based solutions to detrimental environmental conditions in developing countries. Case examples and photographs illustrate the types of problems that arise and how community-based interventions can be implemented and sustained.
 Million of families around the world live in grossly substandard conditions in sprawling, haphazard shantytowns known as informal settlements. Often, there is no running water, sewage system, or garbage collection. Settlement residents cope as best they can in an inhospitable urban landscape, inadvertently damaging the environment on which they depend while carrying out the necessities of daily living. The environmental damage extends beyond the borders of the settlements themselves and has an impact on the surrounding region and the global environment.
 "It's time to expand the worldwide environmental movement to include those who live among the worst conditions imaginable," said James Upchurch, president of CHF. "It's time to recognize the valuable role that the urban poor can play and the positive cumulative effect that community-based action can have."
 Partnership for a Livable Environment presents a model for mobilizing residents of informal settlements in developing countries to address some of their own environmental problems. The basis for the model is the concept of a partnership among those who have a stake in urban development. With partners who provide technical, organizational, or financial assistance, the residents of informal settlements can learn to identify community priorities, design economical and appropriate interventions, and implement and manage projects that improve their living environment.
 CHF has been helping families build better housing and communities for four decades. In its early years, the non-profit organization developed more than 55,000 units of affordable housing in cooperatives across the United States. Since beginning its international activity in the early 1960s, CHF has provided shelter-related technical assistance in more than 80 developing countries.
 Copies of Partnership for a Livable Environment are available for $6 each from Cooperative Housing Foundation, P.O. Box 91280, Washington, DC, 20090-1280.
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 /CONTACT: Alicia George of the Cooperative Housing Foundation, 301-587-4700/ CO: Cooperative Housing Foundation ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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