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Governance processes and sustainability impacts of the extractive industries: Generating transformation knowledge in the biodiversity hotspot of Madagascar

Timeline: 2020-ongoing

Funding organisation: Swiss Network for International Studies 

project description

This research project is a collaboration between the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), the University of Bern, the University of Antananarivo, and the lnternational lnstitute for Sustainable Development (IISD). 

The aim of this collaboration is to produce scientific knowledge on governance processes and sustainability impacts of the EI in order to identify transformative pathways that can enhance the contribution of the EI to sustainable development in Madagascar and in other developing countries.

This objective will be achieved by answering the following set of research questions:

- What is the legal and procedural framework governing ESIA processes in the EI in Madagascar, and how could this framework be strengthened so that it contributes more to sustainable outcomes?

- What is the role of different stakeholders’ decision-making and power relations in governance processes surrounding ESIAs?

- What are LEIs’ spatially explicit and societally relevant impacts on local rural and urban social-ecological systems?

- What transformative pathways could improve implementation of ESIA processes and thereby enable LEIs to enhance their contribution towards the 2030 Agenda?