GREEN TERRITORIALITY AND RESOURCE EXTRACTION IN CAMBODIA

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    Abstract

    Cambodia’s recent efforts to expand protected areas and reinforce state control over natural resources exemplify the phenomenon of “green grabbing” in the Global South. The term “green grabbing” generally refers to acts of territorialisation that alienate land and appropriate resources for supposedly environmental ends (Fairhead et al. 2012). At a fundamental level, this echoes processes of “territorialisation”, where state institutions and territorialising practices are used to assert and strengthen claims over land and natural resources (Vandergeest & Peluso 1995). The instruments of territorialisation can include mapping, law-making and other material and symbolic acts of control such as boundary demarcation and patrolling. In Southeast Asia, these practices have long been associated with the assertion of state power, especially over forested land and resource frontiers (ibid.). Although forms of green territorialisation have existed since the 19th century, what makes contemporary green territorialisation novel is the involvement of diverse actors, including state agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), consultants, corporations and multilateral donors (Corson et al. 2013; Fairhead et al. 2012). The relationship between contemporary green grabs and advanced capitalism has been noted (Brockington & Schofield 2010; Lohmann 2012) – especially the role played by private actors, which either seek profits from carbon forestry projects (Lansing 2011; Osborne 2015), or channel funding into market-inspired conservation initiatives (Corson et al. 2013). The emergent “green economy” therefore involves
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Global Land and Resource Grabbing
    Editors Andreas Neef ORCID Icon, Chanrith Ngin, Tsegaye Moreda, Sharlene Mollett
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages159-172
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9780367532024
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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