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Chapter 61: Resources Nexus: The Importance for Asia and the Role of Institutions

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Resources Nexus: The Importance for Asia and the Role of Institutions
Resources Nexus: The Importance for Asia and the Role of Institutions
Adnan A. HezriMichelle Kwa
Introduction

The recent years have reinforced the centrality of Asia in the global economy. For the first time since the beginning of the sixteenth century, the single largest concentration of global economic power is shifting towards this region. This ‘Asian Century’ could account for half of global output, trade, and investment by 2050 (Kohli et al., 2011).

Consequently, within just a few decades Asian countries have experienced intensive environmental disruption. Land use change, involving the conversion of forested land and other natural ecosystems, has caused biodiversity loss and compromised environmental life support systems (UNESCAP, 2009). The changing dynamics impact on human livelihoods ...

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