Unsustainable rural development


Unsustainable rural development is the failure to sustain the renewable and nonrenewable rural resources: natural, modified and cultivated. Renewable resources offer the greatest opportunity for sustainable development. This opportunity is missed or destroyed by inadequate conservation or the separation of development and conservation efforts.


On the fringes of Woodchester, an English village, there was an old flock mill with a beautiful lake which was a haven for wildlife. In the early 1980s, in a single day, the lake was filled in with tons of rubbish, the mill was pulled down, and a flat, dark industrial building was constructed on the site that has remained untenanted ever since. In 1993, there is an approved planning application for a new commercial building on a village green, when there are many commercial and business premises vacant.

Broader Problems:
Unsustainable development
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST