Understanding the opportunities and constraints for low-income groups in the peri-urban interface: the contribution of livelihood frameworks.

Abstract

The increasingly common use of the term \"peri-urban\" reflects also the recognition that the management of natural resources in the region surrounding an urban centre is often of great importance to the livelihoods of many groups (for example farmers and fishing communities) and is equally crucial for the sustainable provision of these resources (for example freshwater and foodstuff) to the whole region, including its urban residents. The dynamic processes of socio-economic and environmental change which are usually a major element of the peri-urban interface are likely to have an impact on the opportunities and constraints faced by different groups in their access to assets and the construction of livelihood strategies.

This paper examines the relevance of different livelihood frameworks to the construction of livelihoods in the peri-urban interface (PUI) and suggests ways in which elements of the different frameworks can be usefully combined to improve their use as tools for research and policy-making in the context of the PUI.

Citation

Understanding the opportunities and constraints for low-income groups in the peri-urban interface: the contribution of livelihood frameworks.

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