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Project Inception Workshop

Dec 16 - Dec 18

9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Best Western Hotel, Islamabad

Project Inception Workshop on “Rural to urban transitions and the peri-urban
interface: Identifying, mapping, and understanding peri-urban areas in India and Pakistan”

The
growth of megacities across South Asia has
brought about the expansion of peri-urban areas: transition zones where urban
and rural activities are juxtaposed and landscape features are subject to rapid
modifications induced by human activities. In both countries (Pakistan and India), peri-urban areas occupy large
portions of the landscape, are home to tens of millions of people, and
face serious environmental and human health problems that are often neglected
by both rural and urban administrations. They face unique problems including
intense pressures on resources, slum formation, lack of adequate services such
as water and sanitation, poor planning and degradation of farmland. These areas
face demands from users with contrasting lifestyles and conflicting interests
that range from agriculture to residential, industrial and commercial, and the
development of green belts and nature reserves. The governance and management of
peri-urban areas are often neglected by both rural and urban administrators
because they are located beyond the administrative boundaries of cities in
zones that are generally not identified as specific entities of planning.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(SDPI) together with East-West Center (EWC), Honolulu, USA and South Asia
Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs),
Hyderabad, India is initiating a two year project titled “Rural to urban transitions and the peri-urban interface: Identifying,
mapping, and understanding peri-urban areas in India and Pakistan”.

In this back drop, an Inception Workshop is
planned from 16th to 18th
December 2011 at Best Western Hotel, Islamabad,
Pakistan. The
overarching theme of the Inception Workshop is “Identifying, mapping, and understanding the challenges of peri-urban
areas in India and Pakistan
”.
The workshop shall bring experts, scholars, and promising young students and
professionals from India and
Pakistan together to develop
mutual interests and relationships based on a shared exploration of the
challenges and impacts of rural to urban transitions and peri-urban interfaces
in the South Asia region.