During this end-of-year period as most of us consider what we can do better in 2023, policy makers are also thinking about how to create a better future for rural citizens. It’s hugely important in the aftermath of COVID-19 and the rapid economic, ecological, demographic and geopolitical changes that are underway in rural communities.
As global energy prices rise as a result of war in Ukraine, the switch to renewable energy has taken on a new urgency. With ambitious new targets to cut reliance on Russian fossil-fuel imports and increase energy security, what will the transition mean for rural communities? How can they make the most of it?
Mining regions face acute challenges in terms of well-being. National plans and policies alone will not bring well-being gains to mining communities.