Commodification and the domestication of flora and fauna as a way to preserve nature in Southeast Asia

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Commodification and the domestication of flora and fauna as a way to preserve nature in Southeast Asia

Type: Master thesis
Title: Commodification and the domestication of flora and fauna as a way to preserve nature in Southeast Asia
Author: Ridder, Menno de
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Southeast Asia
Domestication
Nature
Flora and Fauna
Commodification
Arowana
Agarwood
REDD+
Abstract: Nature around the globe is under threat of extinctions. A one-cures-all solution for this diverse problem is yet to be found, if ever. Declining wildlife populations and nature can be countered when they are being protected; however, without the right incentive, this is virtually impossible. Finding the right solutions for the protection and preservation of nature in Southeast Asia is challenging and will take a holistic approach. This thesis aims to explore whether the domestication of flora and fauna can serve as a solution for protecting nature, while simultaneously producing economic benefits for the local communities. The commodification of nature is picking up pace in Southeast Asia and is turning nature into a commodity that is being sold in the markets of Southeast Asia. This thesis will conduct three case studies on the domestication of flora and fauna to research how each case can contribute to protecting nature in Southeast Asia, which are: (1) the Asian Arowana, (2) Agarwood (Aquilaria genus), and (3) payment for environmental services.
Supervisor: Persoon, Gerard
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Politics, Society and Economy of China
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52387
 

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