Conclusion and Policy Implications

  • Helen JamesEmail author


The chapters in this book demonstrate the need for stakeholders to examine the interlinkages between the four research communities when developing innovative approaches to meeting the challenges to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): poverty alleviation, climate change, development, and disasters. Through empirical research the authors highlight the inherent impediments across selected countries in the Asia Pacific to achieving implementation of the SDGs. Such impediments include growing populations, ageing populations (Yang), food and water insecurity (Pittock, Falvey, Prior), over-exploitation of natural resources for the benefit of the few consequently resulting in landslides (Wint Htun, Kyaw Htun), population displacement, and adverse long-term impacts on fragile livelihoods.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia PacificAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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