Can common property resource systems work in Zimbabwe?

  • B. Campbell Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Box 6596, JKPWB, Jakarta,10065, Indonesia and Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Box MP 167, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • W. de Jong Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Box 6596, JKPWB, Jakarta,10065, Indonesia
  • M. Luckert Dept. of Rural Economy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AlbertaT6G2H1, Canada
  • A. Mandondo Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Box MP 167, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • F. Matose Forestry Commission, P O Box HG 595 Highlands, Harare and CIFOR Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, 73 Harare Drive, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • N. Nemarundwe Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Box MP 167, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

Abstract



Common property resource (CPR) management approaches are now thought to provide a viable alternative to natural resource management. Our investigations on common property issues for woodlands in communal areas in Zimbabwe reveal numerous cases showing a breakdown of local institutions for CPR management, and the lack of any emerging alternative institutions for such management. A number of economic, social and ecological factors contribute to these problems. We argue that current institutional systems are rooted in norm-based controls contrary to the formal rule-based systems that form the cornerstones of the proposed CPR systems. We suggest that interventions that propose CPR systems need critical analysis.

The Zimbabwe Science News Volume 36 (1+ 2) 2002, pp. 13-17
Published
2004-06-15

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