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Asia Research Centre Seminar

Seminar and Discussion

Wednesday 6th February 2013, 12.30pm to 2pm, Room TW2.10.01B, Tower 2, LSE

Speakers: Luke Swainson, Satyapriya Rout, Scott MacDonald

Mr Luke Swainson is a PhD student at the Australian National University. The title of Luke's presentation is Greening the Economy: Putting theory into practice in Aceh Province, Indonesia. A study of the political economy of the Aceh Green case study to uncover the opportunities and complexities of implementing an integrated landscape approach to a green economy.

Dr Satyapriya Rout| is the Sir Ratan Tata Fellow 2012-13 at the LSE Asia Research Centre. At this seminar, Dr Rout will be presenting his paper on Sustaining Southeast Asia's Forests: Community, Institutions and Forest Governance in Thailand. Deforestation and land degradation has been an integral part of the history of Southeast Asia’s forests. The global and local consequences of such deforestation are a matter of great concern today. While at the global level, it raises serious concerns especially in the context of the debate over global environmental and climate change, greenhouse warming, fuel-wood shortage and land degradation resulting from reduced natural watershed protection; the local consequences are being seen in the livelihood insecurities of forest dependent communities. In Southeast Asia, as in other parts of the developing world where people’s lives and livelihoods are directly dependent upon forests, the community’s involvement in forest protection and management – or ‘Community Forestry’ as it is now being called – has evolved as a grassroots social response to the problem of deforestation. It is in this wider context of community engagement in forestry, this paper seeks to examine the process of community involvement in protection and management of its local forests resources in Thailand. Based upon Einor Ostrom’s framework of Institutional Analysis for governing the commons, this paper attempts to examine the role played by the local level institution in claiming community control over the resource and ensuring its protection and sustainable management. The paper is based upon qualitative information gathered from three cases of community forest management sites in Thailand.

Mr Scott MacDonald is a Masters student in the Department of Government at LSE. The title of Scott's paper is Solar Photovoltaic Energy in Thailand: An assessment of government support mechanisms. The study analyses the policy tools used by the Thai government to encourage the development of it's solar PV sector, particularly focusing on changes made to the 'adder' Feed in Tariff and the path-dependency problems resulting from the large number of power purchase agreements signed during the 'gold-rush' period from 2008 to 2009.

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