This text discusses why, from the perspective of the local population in Masoala, the Masoala National Park has little to do with lemurs and trees and a lot with power and inequality.
Who are they
In this article, Eva Keller explains in detail why farmers in Masoala perceive the park to be a threat to their livelihood and, indeed, to the future of their families.
Eva Keller argues that if conservationists are sincere about their willingness to take local people’s culture into account, as they routinely state they are, then they cannot reduce ‘culture’ to what fits conservation programmes.
In this newspaper article, Eva Keller shows why farmers perceive the Masoala National Park as a threat to their livelihood and future.
Shadows over Masoala National Park