People who live in poverty are those exposed to the worst environmental and health risks. Overall, somewhere between 25% and 33% of the global burden of disease can be attributed to environmental factors. This proportion is larger in conditions of poverty, where more environmental hazards are present in the nearby living and working environment, and people have less capacity to protect themselves against exposure and effects of harmful or unpleasant pollutants.
Zimbabwe has always been plagued by droughts. Droughts are part of a general pattern of water scarcity, caused to some extent by unfavorable and fluctuating natural conditions and by an increasing population, but more importantly, by sub-optimal development and utilization of available resources.
Household energy is inextricably linked to many of the Millennium Development Goals, and improvements in access to cleaner energy and cleaner energy practices can make multiple contributions to achieving them.
This report contains a recap of the South Asia Regional Workshop on Indoor Air Pollution, Health and Household Energy, held on 27-28 February 2006 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The goal of the workshop was to exchange information on successful technologies, models and challenges in reducing indoor smoke and associated health burden in South Asia. It was organized jointly by Practical Action Nepal and Indoor Air Pollution and Health Forum Nepal. During the workshop the existing policy provisions and best practices in South Asian countries were shared and discussed.
Crises in environmental management have their greatest impact on the impoverished people of developing countries, where these crises are a barrier to reducing poverty.