Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102646
Title: Selective border permeability: Governing complex environmental issues through and beyond COVID-19
Authors: Miller, Michelle A 
Astuti, Rini 
Hirsch, Philip
Marschke, Melissa
Rigg, Jonathan 
Saksena-Taylor, Poonam 
Suhardiman, Diana
Tan, Zu Dienle 
Taylor, David M 
Varkkey, Helena 
Keywords: Social Sciences
Geography
Political Science
Government & Law
ASEAN
Borders
COVID-19
Critical geopolitics
Selective permeability
Transboundary environmental governance
POVERTY
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2022
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Citation: Miller, Michelle A, Astuti, Rini, Hirsch, Philip, Marschke, Melissa, Rigg, Jonathan, Saksena-Taylor, Poonam, Suhardiman, Diana, Tan, Zu Dienle, Taylor, David M, Varkkey, Helena (2022-08-01). Selective border permeability: Governing complex environmental issues through and beyond COVID-19. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY 97. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102646
Abstract: COVID-19 has changed the permeability of borders in transboundary environmental governance regimes. While borders have always been selectively permeable, the pandemic has reconfigured the nature of cross-border flows of people, natural resources, finances and technologies. This has altered the availability of spaces for enacting sustainability initiatives within and between countries. In Southeast Asia, national governments and businesses seeking to expedite economic recovery from the pandemic-induced recession have selectively re-opened borders by accelerating production and revitalizing agro-export growth. Widening regional inequities have also contributed to increased cross-border flows of illicit commodities, such as trafficked wildlife. At the same time, border restrictions under the exigencies of controlling the pandemic have led to a rolling back and scaling down of transboundary environmental agreements, regulations and programs, with important implications for environmental democracy, socio-ecological justice and sustainability. Drawing on evidence from Southeast Asia, the article assesses the policy challenges and opportunities posed by the shifting permeability of borders for organising and operationalising environmental activities at different scales of transboundary governance.
Source Title: POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/229898
ISSN: 09626298
18735096
DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102646
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