Commons, indigenous rights, and governance

Authored by: Iliana Monterroso , Peter Cronkleton , Anne M. Larson

Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons

Print publication date:  January  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138060906
eBook ISBN: 9781315162782
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Scholarly work on the commons has illustrated the important role that common pool resource systems play in sustaining the livelihoods of forest dependent communities; in particular, vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples and poor women (Beck and Ghosh, 2000; Beck and Nesmith, 2001; Chhatre and Agrawal, 2008, 2009). A recent assessment estimated that globally over 8.5 billion hectares of land can be categorized as common pool resources, either formally recognized or informally held (Wily, 2011: 11). The commons concept has been widely used in reference to common pool resources under collective property where exclusion is difficult and competition is prevalent (Ostrom and Hess, 2007).

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