Southeast Asia in Transition: Plastic Runs Through It

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In recent decades, people living in the Southeast Asia have witnessed major transformations in their lives and livelihoods. This series of seminars will focus on a variety of issues—all of which have a plastic connection. The first webinar introduces the expanding problem of plastic waste in the region and community and government action to reign it in. The following webinars talk about the growth of fisheries and aquaculture, the expansion of oil palm and rubber plantations, and the politics of conservation and heritage areas. This series of four webinars will explore how communities in the region are experiencing the economic, social, and cultural dislocations of these transformations. 
 
Registration links for the webinars in this series will be posted here as they become available. After each webinar, a link to the recording on YouTube will be posted.

 

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm HST | 7:00-8:30pm EST | 7:00-8:30am ICT (+1 day)

 

Panel 1 : September 22, 2021 – Plastics and Environmental Trash

Speakers:

  • Doug WOODRING, Founder & Managing Director, Ocean Recovery Alliance
  • Tiza MAFIRA, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement
  • Marian LEDESMA, Zero Waste Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
  • Quach Thi XUAN, Vietnam Consultant, Pacific Environment

Moderator:

  • Jennifer TURNER, Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative, Wilson Center

View recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3BF6UI2pJzk

 

Panel 2 : October 13, 2021 – Fisheries and Aquaculture

Speakers:  

  • Brian SZUSTER, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Senglong YOUK, Deputy Executive Director & Program Director, Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT)
  • Wisa WISESJINDAWAT-FINK: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mekong Culture WELL Project, Michigan State University
  • Aaron KONING, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wonders of the Mekong Project, Global Water Center, University of Nevada, Reno

Moderator:

  • Amanda FLAIM, Assistant Professor, James Madison College and Department of Sociology, Mekong Culture WELL, Michigan State University

View recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-VT2GWMfHlk

 

Panel 3 : November 10, 2021 – Politics of Oil Palm and Rubber

Speakers:

  • Vong NANHTHAVONG, Research Fellow, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) Country Office in Laos, University of Bern
  • Lisa KELLEY, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Denver
  • Andini Desita EKAPUTRI (Sita), PhD Candidate, Natural Resources and Environmental Management Program, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Jean-Christophe DIEPART, Research Associate, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège (Belgium)

Moderator:

  • Philip HIRSCH, Professor Emeritus of Human Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney

View recording on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Iigb1r_h7A

 

Panel 4 : December 8, 2021 – Politics of Conservation and Heritage

Panelists:

  • Ana LABRADOR, Deputy Director-General for Museums, National Museum of the Philippines
  • Ming Chee ANG, General Manager, Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated
  • Masanori NAGAOKA, Programme Specialist for Culture, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office
  • Ajirapa PRADIT, Researcher, The Centre of Lanna Creativity and Innovation, RMUTL Chiang Mai
  • Worrasit TANTINIPANKUL, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University

Moderator:

  • Miriam STARK: Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

View recording on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO8d40t9DxM

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