Colloquium Global Change on Wednesday 31.1.2018

This Wednesday, 31.01.2018 our speaker, Prof. Dr. Heiko Faust, Faculty of Geoscience and Geography, department of Human Geography, University of Göttingen, will present a talk on Socioecological transformation processes in the tropical post-frontier of Sumatra.

 The talk will take place at 6 p.m, in seminar room LD Building C IV 266



The conversion of tropical rainforests due to agricultural intensification continues in an alarming rate. Peripheral regions are more and more integrated in the world market with consequences for ecosystem properties and human well-being. Comprehensive understanding of the processes needs an integrated scientific approach linking ecological, economic and social perspectives. Therefore, the talk presents the scientific approach of the collaborative research center on „Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems in Sumatra, Indonesia.“ The aggregated results show that land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes. Nevertheless, the socioeconomic transformation processes are highly contested and the territorial conflicts mirror the contradictory interests of different state apparatuses influenced by conservation-oriented and development-oriented actors of the society on various scales. The post-frontier landscape displays a heterogeneous spatial pattern with legal pluralism where local actors craft institutional arrangements in a process of institutional bricolage to use ‚their‘ resources.

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