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The Goba of Ladakh

Published: 16 January 2023
Report elaborating on the current relevance of a Traditional Governance system of Gobas of Ladakh.
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Uncovering Pre-District Bioregions of India

Published: 30 August 2022
Research Report

This monograph has, within the constraints of time and resources, identified several
Bioregions and has also outlined the possibility of these ecoregions becoming the
underpinning of developmental decisions for the group of present day districts which
overlie such regions.

Urban Trees Dossier

Regulating Urban Trees in India

Published: 8 July 2022

This report highlights the scope and functions of a dozen tree laws implemented in different states in India.


By Kanchi Kohli & Manju Memon

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Perspectives Asia #10: Fabric of Society

Published: 25 August 2021

In autumn 2021, the Covid-19 global pandemic lingers on even though vaccinations are getting pace. The 10th issue of Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs)'s serial publication Perspectives Asia takes a look at how the pandemic is reshaping state/society relationships in different Asian countries; it also shares down-to-earth Covid-19 experiences from different regions and cultures, on issues as diverse as trust in government institutions, the situation of migrant workers, and gender relationships.

Unpacked book


Published: 10 June 2021

Specifically developed and designed for a young international audience, the digital book "Unpacked! Plastic, Waste, & Me" answers 70 questions about plastic in colorful infographics and six true stories. Book designer and author Gesine Grotrian and a team of experts from the Heinrich Böll Foundation together with an advisory board of young people from all over the world have created an exciting non-fiction book for young people aged 12 and over.

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Plastic Atlas Asia Edition

Published: 27 May 2021

 In 20 chapters, the Plastics Atlas Asia Edition wants to offer the growing risk of plastic waste in the environment, landfills and the oceans with a focus in Asia.

Abhishek Chauhan

Alternative Worldviews - Sharing life: The ecopolitics of reciprocity

Published: 24 December 2020

Evolving around the main essay “Sharing life. The Ecopolitics of Reciprocity” all contributions to this assemblage reflect a common understanding that ecology and biodiversity needs to be reclaimed – and constantly generated – as a process of lived and living realities in a system of reciprocal relationships. Accordingly, this assemblage itself creates in its parts and as a whole an image of this interwoven system and linkages, drawing an alternative ecological and political landscape. It should be seen as a constant process and as an invitation to a dialogue about a common ecological future. This assemblage of stories, poetry, song, artwork and academic writings, speaks about alternative worldviews and traditional knowledge systems of the people of Northeast India and beyond.


Sharing life: The ecopolitics of reciprocity

Published: 10 September 2020

This essay proposes animism as a strategy to readjust humanities’ relationship to earth – the shared life of human and nonhuman beings. The essay suggests to explore emerging ideas in anthropology and biosemiotics which highlight the animistic understanding that the material world displays subjectivity, feeling, and personhood. The insistence of western culture to rely only on a material science and to declare aliveness an illusion is a colonisation of the living cosmos, which severs humans from their aliveness and destroys the lifes of other beings – humans and non-humans alike. This essay asks animistic cultures for guidance in a process of western self-decolonisation. The shift towards new animistic perspectives – and practices – must come about as dialogue in which western thinking is willing to undergo radical – and painful – changes. Then animism can lead us into a truly new worldview of the Anthropocene, where human and non-human agency contribute to a fecund earth.


Perspectives Asia #8: Asia for Future

Published: 29 November 2019

While Asia is home to some of the fastest growing economies and some of the world’s top polluters, it is also one of the regions worst hit by climate change. This edition of Perspectives Asia presents the work of climate change activists in Asia who are calling their governments and people to action. They are raising their voices, some of them despite severe restrictions on the right of free assembly and freedom of speech.