Land Competition under Telecoupling: Distant Actors’ Environmental versus Economic Claims on Land in North-Eastern Madagascar

Andriamihaja, Omintsoa Ravaka Niaina; Metz, Florence Alessa; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Fischer, Manuel; Messerli, Peter (2019). Land Competition under Telecoupling: Distant Actors’ Environmental versus Economic Claims on Land in North-Eastern Madagascar. Sustainability, 11(851), pp. 1-24. MDPI 10.3390/su11030851

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In north-eastern Madagascar, maintenance of biodiversity competes with expansion of land for agriculture and mining. The concept of “telecoupling” provides a framework for analysis of distant actors and institutions that influence local land use decisions. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the extent of telecoupling of land governance in north-eastern Madagascar and a lack of evidence regarding its role in driving land use change and land competition. Using a descriptive Social Network Analysis, we disentangled distant interactions between actors in terms of flows and institutions. Our findings show that the domains of economic and environmental interactions are dominated by actors from different sectors that have claims on the same land but generally do not interact. Distant influences occurring via remote flows of goods, money, and institutions serve to reinforce local land competition. Balancing economic and environmental land claims for more sustainable regional development in north-eastern Madagascar requires collaboration between actors across sectors, scales, and domains.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
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)

UniBE Contributor:

Andriamihaja, Omintsoa Ravaka Niaina; Metz, Florence Alessa; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin and Messerli, Peter

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

2071-1050

Publisher:

MDPI

Projects:

[420] Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
[803] Cluster: Land Resources

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

08 May 2019 14:40

Last Modified:

08 May 2019 14:40

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/su11030851

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128143

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128143

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