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"Environmental Challenges Across Asia"

March 2, 2007

There is little doubt that climate change, deforestation, erosion, and the unequal distribution of natural resources around the globe are of pressing importance everywhere, but these problems are perhaps most acute in Asia, home to 64 percent of the world’s population. Much of this population (1 and 1.3 billion, respectively) is concentrated in India and China, two countries with rapidly growing economies, increasing levels of personal consumption, and serious ecological problems. Southeast Asia, though less populated overall, is home to some of the world’s major rainforests and to significant biodiversity. Southeast Asian forests are disappearing at a rapid rate, in part as a consequence of resource demands from the first world. Understanding these human and environmental challenges requires detailed understandings of local histories and ecologies; in this symposium we introduce some of the major environmental challenges facing Asia today, focusing on some specific historical and cultural contexts in this diverse region.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and The Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago

Keynote Presentation"Crocodiles and Humans in Southeast Asia: Four Centuries of Co-existence and Confrontation" - Peter Boomgaard, Professor of Environmental & Economic History of Southeast Asia University of Amsterdam and Senior Researcher, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carribean Studies.
"Environmental Degradation and Deforestation in Thailand and Cambodia" - Alan Kolata, Neukom Family Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, The University of Chicago
"Ecology, Human Rights, and Large Dam Projects in South Asia" - Kathleen Morrison, Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Center for International Studies, The University of Chicago
"Environmental Disaster in the Marshes of Southern Iraq" - Josh Ellis, M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies/Public Policy, University of Chicago
Question and Answer Session