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.
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.
Why roads are like Pandora's Box
Why nations can lose big money on big projects
Many nations are rapidly developing their natural resources, but big development projects can actually provoke an array of financial and social stresses. Unless these stresses are carefully managed, their impacts on employment, social welfare, and economic and political stability can be serious—even devastating.
When a nation commits to a big development project, they are making a major gamble that the potential rewards will outweigh the risks involved. The project could reap big rewards for the country, or it could go bust, resulting in spiralling costs, corruption, expensive maintenance and repairs, environmental destruction and debt.
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