Land, livelihoods, and change amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia

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Although reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic is largely unfolding in urban regions, the effects to economies and mobility around the world are reshaping land and the environment in unexpected and unanticipated ways. Global events such as this one create new trajectories. In 2008 for example, the global economic recession led to a sharp rise in land investments that reshaped environment and society relations throughout rural and forested regions. Given the magnitude of impacts to the global economy spurred by COVID-19, new developments are already taking shape and have the potential to have lasting impacts. 

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