Problem

Disguised negative consequences of remedial action

Nature:
Remedial action is often studied and embarked upon without consideration of the repercussions - possibly negative - of such action. For example, the damming of a river may eliminate floods, make irrigation possible, and employ hundreds of people; but unforeseen are such consequences as the lost nutrients which once collected in the river and fertilized the plain when the river overflowed; the fish that subsequently have no nutrients to feed on, threatening the local fishing industry; and the costs of re-employing and re-housing the now unemployed fishermen.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Subject(s):
Action Action
Health Care Treatment
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 13: Climate Action
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET