Socio-Environmental Problems Associated with Informal Settlements in the Cape Coastal Zone

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by Merle Sowman, Univ of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa,
Nicola Robins, Univ of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: This poster paper reports on some of the socio-environmental problems associated with informal settlements in the Cape Coastal Zone in South Africa. Reasons for settling specifically in coast environments are examined. Socio-economic and health provems facing both the squatter communities and residental populatin are identified. Ecological impacts arising from intense human pressure on sensitive coast ecosystems are discussed.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Social factors | Ecosystems | Economic factors | Developing countries | Health hazards | South Africa | Africa

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