Socially unsustainable development

Other Names:
Culturally unsustainable development
Development is socially unsustainable as long as people have inadequate control over their own lives and experience their community identity as being continually eroded. Development is culturally unsustainable as long as it is incompatible with the culture and values of the people affected by it as determined by their own participation in the development process.

One example of socially unsustainable development is the devastating effect the paper pulp industry is having upon the countries of the southern hemisphere. This indisutry, previously considered environmentally benign, is responsible for wide spread misery, destitution and destruction of local communities, their land and the forests around them, particularly in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Indonesia, Thailand and South Africa.

The many interconnected obstacles to socially sustainable development and environmental protection include poverty, powerlessness, conflict, rapid population growth, and unequal access to resources.
Broader Problems:
Unsustainable development
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
30.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST
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