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Collective Action Faliure and Environmental Degradation in Colombia's Pacific Coast: The Case of the Naya River Basin

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dc.contributor.author Velasco, Marcela
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-03T19:48:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-03T19:48:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6552
dc.description.abstract "To rein-in violent state-building, improve environmental governability and address issues of social justice, the 1991 Constitution reconfigured Colombia’s territorial regimes, decentralized politics, and legalized the rights of ethnic communities to ancestral territories. However, low implementation of the rule of law means that ethnic-group governance depends on the organizational capacities of local users and their ability to hold the government accountable. This paper analyzes organizational capacities in a remote resource system located in Colombia’s Pacific littoral. The multiethnic residents of the Naya River basin are losing territorial control as a result of violent uprooting and government failure to offer security and respect ancestral land rights. This paper argues that government malfeasance, overlapping legislations, and violent territorial control and rent seeking weaken local organizations and exacerbate the negative effects of elite-capture of representative institutions and inter-ethnic divisions on local governability and resource management. The paper adds to the study of ethnic territoriality and inter-ethnic relations in Latin America and collective action failure in the management natural resources." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject capacity building en_US
dc.subject local participatory management en_US
dc.subject river basins en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject ethnicity en_US
dc.title Collective Action Faliure and Environmental Degradation in Colombia's Pacific Coast: The Case of the Naya River Basin en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Colombia en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Capturing the Complexity of the Commons, North American Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates Sep. 30-Oct. 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US


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