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The Ecology of State-Building: Moving Capitals in Indonesia

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Indonesia will be among the first nations to initiate a climate-based migration: transitioning its rapidly sinking, flood-prone capital from densely-populated Java to Borneo, one of the richest and most imperiled cultural and biodiversity hotspots on Earth. The new capital will be situated across a vast landscape where indigenous and migrant communities and corporations collectively practice subsistence, commercial, and extractive land uses and livelihoods across a shared landscape that also holds key endangered species habitat. This historic migration will spur rapid, wide-ranging, and intersecting effects on the surrounding social, economic, political, and ecological landscape.

Presenter: Wendy M. Erb, Visiting Scientist and American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University


Part of the series "Migrations: A Global, Interdisciplinary, Multi-Species Examination"

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Global Cornell, Migrations, Southeast Asia Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences




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Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology

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