Why chop the Amazon in half?
The Amazon rainforest is one of the last great wildernesses, supporting the world’s most diverse ecosystems and covering an area the size of the U.S.A. However, a new road project, a major upgrade to the BR-319 highway, risks catalyzing a flood of illegal road building, logging, poaching, and droughts. So why build it? See why this road could represent one of the biggest threats to the Amazon yet.
Last stand for Leuser
The Leuser Ecosystem in northern Sumatra, Indonesia is unique—the last place on Earth where Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, and Rhinos still survive together. But human pressures such as illegal logging, poaching, and forest burning are intense, and have already destroyed most of Sumatra’s forests. Will the Leuser survive? See why we must save this tropical Eden!
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.
Why roads are like Pandora's Box
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 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.
Why big projects can turn into a giant gamble
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.