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RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.

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  • Social-ecological transformation

 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

Environmental catastrophe is not only the problem of nature

When an environmental catastrophe occurs, nature is not the only victim. Humans, with their greed and unradical patches for disasters they have created, systematically oppress each other.

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 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

A dialogue with Marx on the relationship between Nature and Human

When an environmental catastrophe occurs, nature is not the only victim. Humans, with their greed and unradical patches for disasters they have created, systematically oppress each other.

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 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

Agricultural production in Vietnam from the social-ecological transformation approach: Opportunities, challenges and policy implications

The book is a collection of articles presented at the international workshops in November 2021 on "Agricultural production in Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries from a social-ecological transformation approach: Opportunities, challenges, and policy implications".

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 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

Social-ecological transformation

Guidebook on the integration of social-ecological transformation into educational programs for youth.

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 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

Circular Economy

Guidebook on the integration of social-ecological transformation into educational programs for youth.

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 Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

 Social-ecological transformation

Crash Barriers for Post-COVID-19 Food and Agricultural Systems

The authors of this publication present alternatives for post-COVID-19 food and agricultural systems from a politically leftist perspective and discuss the impacts of the pandemic with a focus on small-scale food producers who feed the majority of the world’s population, and the invisibility of farmworkers that grow, pick, and pack the food sold in supermarkets and other food retail outlets.

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 Cambodia, Social-ecological transformation

Pesticide and Herbicide Use: The Impacts on Small-Scale Farmers in the Romeas Haek, Romdoul, and Svay Chrum Districts of Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia

This study analyzed three significant aspects of small-scale farmers’ use of agrochemical inputs in their rice farming and other crop production methods. It documents the pressures of the green-revolution-in- spired innovations of agricultural production methods and small-scale farmers’ shift toward agrochemical inputs. This trend was vital to increase yields but ignored the severe impacts that agrochemical inputs have on human health, the environment, biodiversity, and livelihoods.

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 Social-ecological transformation

Belt and Road and the Pan-Asian Railway Network

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with the intent to connect the world by strengthening infrastructure development. In the wake of this announcement, the Chinese government and Chinese companies began to lend billions of dollars to developing countries for transportation development, special economic zone expansion, and seaport construction. On the one hand, the initiative could bring tremendous economic opportunities to the least developed areas in the world. On the other, the socio-ecological impacts are considered to be negative.

 

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 Social-ecological transformation

Avoiding The Climate Poverty Spiral: Social protection to address climate-induced loss & damage

In a world facing the escalating impacts of global warming, social protection has a crucial role to play in protecting women, communities and economies from catastrophic climate impacts, and avoiding the climate poverty spiral. Social protection tools can be used to address climate-induced loss and damage, strengthen resilience, and advance development goals and human rights.

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