Problem

Misappropriation of resources for high cost civil engineering projects

Other Names:
Undesirable consequences of development megaprojects
Nature:
Megaprojects disrupt environments and sometimes dislocate a previously stable domestic and agricultural way of life for many people. In several tropical and subtropical settings there have been inadequately foreseen health impacts, such as vector-borne diseases.
Incidence:
During the 1960s and the 1970s, large-scale development projects, including dams, highways and industrial schemes, were implemented. Many of these ended in bankruptcy in the 1980s whilst the environmental degradation they engendered became increasingly apparent in the form of razed forests, depleted fisheries, and desertification. In the 1990s a new generation of mega-projects is being developed which are completely out of scale with the lives of the people whose land they will use. Such projects include: diversion of water from the Zaire to Chad; construction of equatorial space ports in Indonesia (Biak) and Australia (Cape York); electrical grid linking Middle Eastern Islamic countries; damming the Yangtse; construction of a second Panama canal; damming the Mekong (Three Gorges Dam); exploitation of Cameroon forests; exploitation of the Saharan aquifer; construction of the Narmada dam (India).
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
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
Date of last update
07.02.1999 – 00:00 CET