Forest commons and local enforcement

Chhatre, A and Agrawal, A (2008) Forest commons and local enforcement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (36). pp. 13286-13291.

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between local enforcement and forests used as commons. It uses a unique multicountry dataset, created over the past 15 years by the International Forestry Resources and Institutions Research Program. Drawing on original enforcement and forest commons data from 9 countries, we find that higher levels of local enforcement have a strong and positive but complex relationship to the probability of forest regeneration. This relationship holds even when the influence of a number of other factors such as user group size, subsistence, and commercial importance of forests, size of forest, and collective action for forest improvement activities is taken into account. Although several of the above factors have a statistically significant relationship to changes in the condition of forest commons, differences in levels of local enforcement strongly moderate their link with forest commons outcomes. The research, using data from diverse political, social, and ecological contexts, shows both the importance of enforcement to forest commons and some of the limits of forest governance through commons arrangements.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Chhatre, Ahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-7867
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research paper was published by the author with the affiliation of University of Illinois.
Uncontrolled Keywords: governance, sustainability, collective action, local institutions, forest regeneration
Subjects: Sustainable Development
Socio Political System
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 17:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 17:51
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1003
Publisher URL: https://www.pnas.org/content/105/36/13286
Publisher OA policy: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0027-8424/
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