Edge of sustainability: why Rio+20 mustn't ignore people on city fringe
By 2030, 60% of the world's population will live in towns and cities. The Rio+20 Earth summit, taking place this June, must ensure that the poor don't lose out from this rapid urbanisation, say two Sussex academics today (Friday 4 May).
As cities grow, so do the overlooked peri-urban areas, suggest Dr Fiona Marshall and Dr Lyla Mehta.
Their blog on the Guardian's Poverty Matters web pages argues that failure to address the issue will "undermine opportunities to improve environmental integrity and social equity, and reduce poverty in growing cities".
Dr Marshall and Dr Mehta are research fellows at the STEPS Centre - a global research and policy engagement Centre that links social science researchers at the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, with natural scientists and partners around the world.