The 89th Tobunken-ASNET seminar "Livelihood strategies of swiddeners in Borneo island"

【Date】 May 8 (Thu), 5:00-6:00 p.m.

【Venue】Ground Floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

【Speaker】 Daisuke Terauchi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

【Title】Livelihood strategies of swiddeners in Borneo island

【Commentator】Yukio Ikemoto (Professor, IASA, The University of Tokyo)

Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, is covered in rich tropical rainforest.Livelihood of indigenous swiddeners has long been dependent on these forest resources. Since 2000, however, private companies have initiated oil palm plantation and coal mining development projects that together requires large scale deforestation. How are indigenous swiddeners coping with these developments? This presentation is an attempt to clarify the livelihood strategies of indigenous swiddeners and discuss about the conception of “better life” that they seek for today.

【Language】 Japanese