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Changement d'image et de représentation d'un territoire enclavé : Mafate (La Réunion)

Abstract : The Mafate Cirque is inhabited by approximately 750 people. This area is situated wihin the National Park of La Reunion Island, a French overseas territory, and in the “Pitons, cirques and remparts” UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010. Located in the mountains, the territory of Mafate is known for its natural way of life, and its majestic natural setting. These landscapes are now very attractive for tourists who practise trekking or mountain race. However, this positive image of Mafate is new since, berforehand, the settlement of slaves and poor farmers had generated a negative opinion about Mafate for a long time. In this paper, we study this recent change about Mafate perception, with an emphasis on the institutional structures of the territory and associated economic opportunities. This had been realised in a two-stage process: with political action to social and economic development in a first time and with the heritage dynamic in a second time.
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Frédéric Sandron. Changement d'image et de représentation d'un territoire enclavé : Mafate (La Réunion). CIST2014 - Fronts et frontières des sciences du territoire, Collège international des sciences du territoire (CIST), Mar 2014, Paris, France. pp.322-326. ⟨hal-01353430⟩



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