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Why roads are so dangerous

The first road made into a wilderness area is often the most dangerous. Following the first cut, a host of changes often becomes unstoppable. At James Cook University, we are working with governments, research groups and local communities in developing countries around the world, to promote smarter development that is better for both people and nature.

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Roads are often sold as being essential for bringing wealth, jobs and development. What are not mentioned are the unintended consequences that often emerge after the road is built. At James Cook University, we are working with governments, research groups and local communities in developing countries around the world, to promote smarter development that is better for both people and nature.

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Why roads are like Pandora's Box