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Socio-metabolic Transitions in Developing Asia

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  • Heinz Schandl
  • Marina Fischer-Kowalski
  • Clemens Grunbuhel
  • Fridolin Krausmann

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    (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia)

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A possible sustainability transition in developing Asia needs to complement the ongoing transition from an agrarian to an industrial socio-ecological regime. As is known from other world regions, an agrarian-industrial transition involves a major increase in material and energy flows (corresponding to a 2-4 fold increase in the demand for raw materials and energy). The socio-metabolic profile of the South-East Asian region still shows relatively low material and energy consumption per capita, suggesting that major growth may follow. Infrastructures that are closely bound-up in bulk material flows (transport, energy and food sectors) will be critical to future developments. The paper illustrates the challenge and potential solutions from a number of case studies.

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Paper provided by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in its series Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series with number 2008-05.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cse:wpaper:2008-05

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Keywords: socio-ecological regime; metabolic profile; industrial transformation; developing Asia; sustainability transition;

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  1. Fander Falconí & María Cristina Vallejo, 2012. "Transiciones socioecológicas en la región andina," Revista Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica, Red Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica, Red Iberoamericana de Economía Ecológica, vol. 18, pages 53-71, Abril.
  2. Clive L Spash & Heinz Schandl, 2009. "Growth, the Environment and Keynes: Reflections on Two Heterodox Schools of Thought," Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems 2009-01, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.

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