Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 65–74

Understanding Conflicts between People and Parks at Ranomafana, Madagascar

  • Joe Peters


The national park model originating in the unique circumstances of mid-19th century North America has been widely applied in the developing countries of the late 20th century, provoking numerous land-use conflicts between parks and resident peoples. Key factors in understanding these conflicts are examined using the field experience of the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. A conflict management strategy is suggested for alleviating such antagonism and facilitating the investigation of mutually acceptable conservation and development pathways.

Conflict management Conservation Development Parks Protected areas Resident peoples Slash-and-burn agriculture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe Peters
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  1. 1.Grand Valley State UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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