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Cooperation for environmental protection in East Asia: why so much talk but so few results?

Fri., Jan. 31, 2020 12:00 p.m. - Fri., Jan. 31, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Location: Global Learning Centre -CW 115-

Cooperation for environmental protection in East Asia: why so much talk but so few results?
Dr. Linas Didvalis
The event is jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and UR International.
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Global Learning Centre (College West 115)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Linas Didvalis, Chief Coordinator and Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
Erasmus+Scholar from Vytautas Magnus University. Kaunas, Lithuania

" Cooperation for environmental protection in East Asia: why so much talk but so few results?"

“Compared to traditional "hard" issues, such as security or trade, international cooperation to resolve environmental issues can be perceived as a very "soft" and unstable reason for countries to achieve closer long-term interaction. As a result, there might be expectation that environmental cooperation is to come only after traditional issues are resolved, and countries start trusting each other as non-threatening and economically beneficial partners. But how much is that the case in the real world? To evaluate this, the lecture will discuss East Asian regional cooperation field as a case study to determine what reasons convince countries in the region to invest in environmental cooperation and what goals such “green diplomacy” is attempting to achieve. Understanding about that can help us to view environmental cooperation in a different light: not necessarily as a tool to deal with environmental degradation but also as a pretext for countries to maintain communication channels during difficult times.”

Join us at the Global Learning Centre in College West 115 to learn more about the current environmental issues and solutions to achieve environmental cooperation.

Refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!