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Promotion of sustainable infrastructure in SEA countries?

The complete Infrastructure including hotels, roads, and means of transportation needs to be sustainable.
How can we promote sustainable infrastructure in SEA countries?



Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

I am not sure if the question is heading into the right direction. Because...

Can infrastructure be sustainable, when it is getting more expensive with the growing degree of complexity? In consequence, maintainance costs are exploding...

That's, in fact, one of the highly problematic aspects of tourism as a tool to promote sustainable development (according to the UNWTO): The costs for infrastructure as roads are paid by the public, and the money lacks for covering public health costs or other important investments for the local who very rarely are taking profit from expensive highways or other kinds of infrastructure.

Off course, roads are a condition in order to allow exchange at any level, but who of the locals really need an airport? To do what? To be taken of fotographs of international tourists?

So, what exactly is sustainable infrastructure?

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 


Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
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Harry, actually you have a good point. Here, I would like to avoid the roads and explain my question: How actually can we promote local transportation to be more sustainable, or how can we promote local guest houses or hostels in order to make them ‘green’ or ‘smart’? How to optimize the use of natural ecosystems and infrastructure services?

Of course, local people are not taking profit from expensive highways and big infrastructure projects, but maybe they are always opportunities for small "infrastructure changes" that are vital to a local's economic development and prosperity?

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

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