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Dear Sir / Madam
Very interesting to read through your proposal. I have seen the slum dwellers in Nepal, Bangladesh and India growing vegetables and fruits near waterbodies, though in a very unstructured way. Your idea has a tremendous potential to organize this sector and would have definite societal impacts wherein the women can be mainstreamed to this business with dignity and social security. Most of them work as street rag pickers and are very vulnerable to social abuses, trafficking etc. Can you please suggest, what would be the numbers of women you are looking at for sustainability, because slums have in general an above 50% female population to my idea as most of the males are away to other places working as casual laborers. How do you think the women can be grouped as entrepreneurs to face the ensuing challenges of climate impacts, wherein they would need more economic abilities? I work with rag pickers and slum women and find that they have wonderful leadership abilities. How do you link this with wetland conservation? If possible, this would have strong social and policy implications, especially in densely urbanized cities those are aspiring for the 'Climate Smart' tags. Wish you the best.