PLUMALA – Participatory land-use modelling to accelerate sustainable transformation applying a landscape approach

Project description

The six-year r4d project “Managing Telecoupled Landscapes” (Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2020) aimed at exploring concrete pathways for sustainable livelihoods in forest frontier landscapes and explored how transdisciplinary learning among multiple stakeholders opens up pathways to adaptive governance of telecoupled social-ecological systems. Following this project, PLUMALA continues its work in northeastern Madagascar. Based on the developed land-use change scenarios, a collaborative visioning and planning is conducted over a period of twelve months. For this project, PLUS at ETH Zurich collaborates with ESSA-Forêts, University of Antananarivo and WWF Madagascar. Further information:;;

Research themes

Justice and sustainability

Integrated landscape management

Ecosystem management

Participatory planning

Project details

  • Start date:
    March 1, 2020
  • End date:
    February 28, 2021
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d), Transformation Accelerating Grant (TAG)
  • Objectives:
    Conducting a participatory land-use planning process in the perspective of the landscape approach

Project contact

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

ETH Zurich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS)

Team members

  • Adrienne Grêt-Regamey
  • Enrico Celio

Participating partners

Bruno Ramamonjisoa, Ntsiva Andriatsitohaina

Université de Antananarivo, Madagascar

Fenohery Rakotondrasoa

WWF Madagascar

Related publications

Andriatsitohaina, R. N. N., Celio, E., Llopis, J. C., Rabemananjara, Z. H., Ramamonjisoa, B. S. & Grêt-Regamey, A. (2020). Participatory Bayesian network modeling to understand driving factors of land-use change decisions: insights from two case studies in northeast Madagascar. Journal of Land Use Science 15(1), 69-90.

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