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Client: 
European Union, Asia ProEco
Project start: 
January-2006
Project end: 
November-2009

AsiaProEco: Improving the Urban Environment in Asia

This EU AsiaProEco project contributed to reducing environmental threats to the health and livelihoods of urban slum dwellers, helping to alleviate poverty in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It did so by developing and promoting an integrated approach to improving the urban environment in ways which are driven by and improve the livelihoods of poor urban people.

What we do

In 2006 WASTE was asked by Asian partner organisations to participate in several Asia Pro Eco projects on solid waste financed by the European Union. The project was called “Integrated approaches to improving the urban environment in Asia (Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)” and contributed to reducing environmental threats to the health and livelihoods of urban slum dwellers, helping to alleviate poverty by developing and promoting an integrated approach to improving the urban environment, in ways which are driven by and improve the livelihoods of poor urban people. 

How we do it

The initiatives focused on the urban environment (specifically on waste, and water and sanitation) as means of addressing urban poverty in a holistic manner. Neighbourhood planning and building the capacity of communities to mobilise and express their concerns lead the actions which improved the environment, and provided incomes for some of the poorest residents. This provided a route towards addressing other inter-linked problems, and a path out of poverty. The main direct beneficiaries were slum residents and community leaders; indirect beneficiaries were other slum dwellers, small business owners and local authorities.

The project's cities were: Faridpur in Bangladesh, Butwal in Nepal and Kurunagela in Sri Lanka.