Forum News 12.3: Rural Transport for a Greener Future
Current research and advocacy on the links between transport and the environment focus heavily on urban transport, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the need to cure existing and ongoing environmental damage.Transport planners are yet to fully embrace environmental issues from a rural perspective, despite the impact that urban transport development has already had upon rural environments through the construction of transport infrastructure and the transfer of polluting technologies.
If the prevailing rhetoric in sustainable transport debate continues to concentrate on cure alone, for example environment related funding is usually prioritised according to the potential for reducing emission levels.We will lose the opportunity we now have to prevent rural areas from directly replicating the environmentally damaging transport systems that were developed in our cities.
Date: December 2005
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