A part of a book
Politicizing land use change in highland Madagascar : struggles with air photo analyses and conservation agendas
Title of the book
Land Change Science : Political Ecology and Sustainability
Address of publication
Brannstrom Ch., Vadjunec J.
In Madagascar, questions of economic development and environmental change are paramount, and, given the dependence of most people on agricul- ture, tightly interlinked. As a result, one might ask: What is happening to the landscape, why, and how does it affect or reflect the wellbeing of the people and of nature? I have addressed various aspects of exactly this question through the political ecology (PE) approach in which I was trained-case study oriented, contextualized in history, ecology, ideology, and social relations. Here I present the results of a different approach, a land change science (LCS) study using a spatially stratified sample of regional data from air photo analyses. I describe how the study was framed through a PE agenda, and how its findings have political ecological clout. I also reflect on the humbling experience of carrying out the study and the concrete, pragmatic implications for hybrid PE-LCS approaches.
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