Articles | Volume 19, issue 3
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 655–660, 2019

Special issue: Landslide–transport network interactions

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 655–660, 2019

Invited perspectives 29 Mar 2019

Invited perspectives | 29 Mar 2019

Invited perspectives: Mountain roads in Nepal at a new crossroads

Karen Sudmeier-Rieux et al.

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Blaikie, P., Cameron, J., Feldman, D., Fournier, A., and Seddon, D.: The Effects of Roads in West Central Nepal, in: 3 Vols., Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1255–1270, 1976. 
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This article discusses how Nepal's development, landslide risk and geopolitics are intertwined as the country seeks to expand its road networks. However, rural villages adjacent to major roads have developed their own network of poorly constructed rural roads, which are likely to increase environmental and socioeconomic risks associated with roadside landslides. We base our observations on research conducted over a decade in Nepal, with reference to new research on roads and landslides.
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