Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE)

More than 1 billion people live in informal settlements globally, where they suffer from inadequate access to water and sanitation services, environmental exposure to pathogens, pollutants and disease vectors, and the exacerbating effects of climate change.


Vision: is to transform human and environmental health in urban informal settlements through water-sensitive revitalisation.


The program is constructing, and empirically testing, a nature-based approach to revitalisation across a group of informal settlements in and Suva, Fiji and Makassar, Indonesia.

  • RISE intends to improve access to water, deliver sanitation, alleviate disease, and improve environmental conditions, while enhancing resilience to changing climates.

  • The program is generating the first-ever rigorous scientific evidence that this nature-based, community-centered approach to upgrading informal settlements can deliver sustainable, cost-effective improvements to the health of both nature and people.

    • With this evidence, the long-term ambition is to expand the RISE approach across the Asia-Pacific and the world, to give millions the opportunity to live healthier and safer lives.

    • RISE is locally anchored in Fiji and Indonesia. The Wellcome Trust provides core funding for the research, which is led by Fiji National University, with support from the University of the South Pacific.

    • The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade funds the infrastructure intervention in Fiji, which is led by the Ministry of Housing and Community Development and the Water Authority of Fiji.

    • Live & Learn Environmental Education implements the program across both the research and the intervention.

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