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    Land grabbing in Madagascar

    ECHOES AND TESTIMONIES FROM THE FIELD is a new comprehensive report about current land grabbing projects in different regions in Madagascar. These include land grabs to produce food or medicinal plants for export, to produce biofuel, to produce timber through reforestation or to extract minerals from the soil.The report is the result of a cooperation between the Collectif pour la Défense des Terres Malgaches-TANY, the civil society organisations platform Solidarité des Intervenants sur le Foncier-SIF and the Italian association Re:Common and is based on two months of observations on the ground and interviews with directly concerned people in 2013.

    Next to the various case studies, the report provides a very good overview of the legal framework with regard to land ownership and rights to use land in Madagascar. The report is available both in French and in English. To access the report (which is an easy read despite its length):

    In English click here

    In French click here

    Collectif pour la Défense des Terres Malgaches – TANY

    The Collectif is a group of Malagasy individuals living in France. The objective of the association is to inform about and oppose the sale or lease of Malagasy soil to foreign companies and other causes of land loss. Among these causes is the creation of protected areas for biodiversity conservation. See TANY’s current online petition concerning the expulsion of Malagasy families from their land.

    Just Conservation

    Just Conservation is a network of scholars and an information platform drawing attention to social injustices in connection with conservation worldwide. You will find many further links on their facebook page.


    This document provides a bibliography of critical social scientific research and literature on Protected Areas in Madagascar. Bibliography of critiques of malagasy conservation