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

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


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: Social factors | Coastal environment | Ecosystems | Economic factors | Human factors | Environmental issues | Housing | Urban areas | South Africa | Africa

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