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.
Small, dirty manufacturing plants dominate poor regions but have only a small impact on pollution. Large plants in high-income areas cause most of the damage to human health.
Vulnerability to desertification in Africa is assessed using the information on soils, climate, and the previously evaluated land resource stresses.
Desertification processes affect about 46% of Africa. The significance of this large area becomes evident when one considers that about 43% of the continent is characterized as extreme deserts (the desert margins represent the areas with very high vulnerability).
The study concludes that: