Effects of protected area establishment and cash crop price dynamics on land use transitions 1990–2017 in north-eastern Madagascar

Llopis Sendino, Jorge Claudio; Harimalala, Paul C.; Bär, Roger; Heinimann, Andreas; Rabemananjara, Zo Hasina; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin (2019). Effects of protected area establishment and cash crop price dynamics on land use transitions 1990–2017 in north-eastern Madagascar. Journal of land use science, 14(1), pp. 52-80. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/1747423X.2019.1625979

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We applied a participatory mapping approach supported by very high-resolution satellite imagery to reconstruct spatially explicit, year-to-year land use transitions in two highly biodiverse, data-scarce forest frontier landscapes in north-eastern Madagascar. We explored these transitions in the light of major continuous trends and discrete events highlighted by local farmers as influencing their land use decisions. Our results suggest that the process of establishing protected areas first reinforced ongoing deforestation, but later led to a significant reduction of forest loss rates. Recent cash crop booms appear to have induced agricultural intensification processes in our study landscapes, while also putting additional pressure on forests, as people may be encouraged to clear forest for cash crop cultivation. These findings are crucial to understanding rapid land use change processes in forest frontier contexts in the humid tropics, and especially to informing natural resource governance and development initiatives in complex mosaic landscapes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Llopis Sendino, Jorge Claudio; Bär, Roger; Heinimann, Andreas and Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

1747-4248

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Projects:

[1047] Managing Telecoupled Landscapes for Sustainable Provision of Ecosystem Services and Poeverty Alleviation
[803] Cluster: Land Resources

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

31 Jul 2019 15:38

Last Modified:

31 Jul 2019 15:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/1747423X.2019.1625979

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sustainable agricultural intensification, participatory mapping, shifting cultivation, deforestation, protected areas, land use change

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.131476

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/131476

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