Beyond deforestation monitoring in conservation hotspots: Analysing landscape mosaic dynamics in north-eastern Madagascar

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2016). Beyond deforestation monitoring in conservation hotspots: Analysing landscape mosaic dynamics in north-eastern Madagascar. Applied geography, 68, pp. 9-19. Elsevier 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.12.009

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Due to its extraordinary biodiversity and rapid deforestation, north-eastern Madagascar is a conservation hotspot of global importance. Reducing shifting cultivation is a high priority for policy-makers and conservationists; however, spatially explicit evidence of shifting cultivation is lacking due to the difficulty of mapping it with common remote sensing methods. To overcome this challenge, we adopted a landscape mosaic approach to assess the changes between natural forests, shifting cultivation and permanent cultivation systems at the regional level from 1995 to 2011. Our study confirmed that shifting cultivation is still being used to produce subsistence rice throughout the region, but there is a trend of intensification away from shifting cultivation towards permanent rice production, especially near protected areas. While large continuous forest exists today only in the core zones of protected areas, the agricultural matrix is still dominated by a dense cover of tree crops and smaller forest fragments. We believe that this evidence makes a crucial contribution to the development of interventions to prevent further conversion of forest to agricultural land while improving local land users' well-being.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Graduate School: International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)
UniBE Contributor: Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia and Messerli, Peter
Subjects: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
ISSN: 0143-6228
Publisher: Elsevier
Projects: [420] Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
[424] Landscape change, stakeholder demands for ecosystem services, and resulting trade-offs in north-eastern Madagascar
Language: English
Submitter: Melissa Hofstetter
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 15:37
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 14:10
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.12.009
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.75510
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75510

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