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Dhaka pathways

Rural-urban linkage pathways:

This pathway emphasises on the need to manage a more sustainable growth of Dhaka’s peri-urban areas through a stronger urban and rural linkage. This is important considering the multiscale, sectors and actors contributing to the expansion of Dhaka’s urban areas. Taking as an example on the informal slums occurring in the peri-urban areas. While this could cause or reflect a social, economy and environmental problem, there had been difficulties to deal with them. By location, it falls under a rural jurisdiction it is not considered as urban problems.

This pathway also focuses on ensuring sufficient infrastructure supplies and public services for an inclusive peri-urban development. This is to minimise the bypassing of, for example, water and transport infrastructure which has not yet been inclusively serving the peri-urban community

Climate resilience and vulnerability pathway

This pathway correlates with the major issue of environmental degradation like the decline of water quality, flooding and riverbank erosion due to uncontrollable residential development and marginalisation in the peri-urban areas of Dhaka. It is of paramount importance to ensure the sufficient provision of a minimum standard quality of water. At the same time, this calls for an emergent collaboration from the public, private and local people to contribute in the better management of rivers and settlement drainage system for better flood mitigation. It is also important to ensure the protection of green open spaces for a fully functioning catchment area.

Collaborative and integrative governance pathway

Referring to the case of informal slums (as an example), there is a need for integration in the many aspect of governance – public, private, national, local and most importantly urban and rural. It can be problematic if informal settlement is recognised as a rural problem – for instance, urban and rural policies apply different indicators and thus can lead to different policy outcomes. It is also important to empower the practice of good governance by establishing strong authoritative bodies to control clientilsim, corruption and so on.

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