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Sustainable Living in Africa: Case of Water, Sanitation, Air Pollution & Energy

Omole, D. O. and Ndambuki, J.M. (2014) Sustainable Living in Africa: Case of Water, Sanitation, Air Pollution & Energy. Sustainability, , 6 (8). pp. 5187-5202. ISSN 2071-1050

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The study reviewed developmental challenges confronting African countries with specific reference to the availability of potable water, sanitation, energy, water and ambient air. It showed the conflict between the need to exploit environmental capital in order to keep up with the pace of human development activities and the need to utilize resources sustainably. Hitherto, the cost of this development has been at the expense of public health and cleaner environment. The outcome demonstrates the need for a change of approach in the way and manner that environmental resources are exploited for developmental purposes. Two concepts for addressing these problems were discussed. These are the “soft path” approach and the trialog model. The former places high priority on the proper use and management of existing infrastructure or resources rather than acquisition or exploitation of more infrastructure or resources. The latter concept addresses the principle of resource governance through the application of an understanding of the complex relationship between the main stakeholders—government, science, and society. Case studies on the practicality of these concepts were also highlighted and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environment; water; energy; air; pollution; development
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr D.O. OMOLE
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 11:43
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2015 11:43

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