Let s co-manage the commons
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CTA. 1999. Let?s co-manage the commons. Spore 84. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Co-managing the Commons. Setting the Stage in Mali and Zambia. T Hilhorst and N Aarnink. Bulletins of the Royal Tropical Institute number 346. 1999. 80 pp. ISBN 90 6832 835 2. Dfl19.50 E 8.85 Royal Tropical Institute, KIT Press, P O Box 95001 10
Rangelands, fishing grounds, and forests are, in many countries around the world, regarded as common property and are often under pressure due to overuse. In Co-managing the Commons, the authors explain that very diverse groups of users are usually involved in both use and management of natural resources. Clashing interests often lead to conflicts, and the rules, laws, and agreements both traditional and modern that apply to the management of natural resources can also differ. The authors argue that co-management is one way forward: involving the community of users at local level in decisionmaking related to the resources. Furthermore, they argue that establishing such a co-management system is and should be a lengthy process, based on negotiated agreement and informed debates. These are not particularly world-shattering or new conclusions. However, the booklet does provide an informative and illustrative overview of common property management. Two case studies, one on rangeland and forest usage in Mali and the other on a fishery scheme in Zambia, illustrate possible pathways to cooperation and establishment of co-management arrangements. The final chapter explores some of the commonalities in these studies. Co-managing the Commons. Setting the Stage in Mali and Zambia. T Hilhorst and N Aarnink. Bulletins of the Royal Tropical Institute number 346. 1999. 80 pp. ISBN 90 6832 835 2. Dfl19.50 E 8.85 Royal Tropical Institute, KIT Press, P O Box 95001 1090 HA Amsterdam The Netherlands Fax: + 31 20 568 82 86 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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