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Decentralization of Natural Resource Governance: A Case Study from an Indian Village

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dc.contributor.author Joshie, S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Kalam, S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Chaturvedi, Rohini en_US
dc.contributor.author Rastogi, A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:34:13Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:34:13Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1085
dc.description.abstract "The placement of natural resource governance with representative local government engages local people with local government. This is important given the magnitude of the dependence on natural resources in rural areas of the developing world. These environment-democracy linkages can be a source of strength for both environmental and democratic objectives. "Natural resource management is of interest to promoters of decentralization and local democracy, because they are a source of revenue and power, and offer potential legitimacy to new local government authorities. Decentralization is of great interest to environmentalists too because it reshapes the institutional infrastructure for future local natural resource management potentially establishing institutions for sustainable and equitable community representation and inclusion. Whether, however, the transfer of natural resource powers within or into the local institutional landscape will promote or undermine representative, accountable and equitable processes depends on which authorities are being entrusted with powers of natural resource governance. "In spite of the regulated use of the resources by community institutions, the degradation of natural resources has continued unabated. Conservation of large landscapes requires mechanisms to bring in equilibrium between the demand and supply within and among the communities in the larger socio-political setting. With the boundaries drawn at the village level and the custodial rights of the common lands vested with various departments of the state, it is difficult on the part of the communities to manage such resources. Therefore apart from the institutions at the village level, many of the discussions in recent times have focused on the need for Panchayat to play a vital role in the strengthening of these nested institutions at various levels to help conserve and protect the larger landscapes. "This paper studies aspects of collective governance over the natural resources of land, water and vegetation in the Chitamba Panchayat in Bhilwara District of Rajasthan. Over the years the efforts of village institutions in this Panchayat along with the Panchayat has resulted in the improvement in the biomass availability in the commons governed by the community, in stark comparison to the area not under community governance where degradation continues." en_US
dc.subject decentralization--case studies en_US
dc.subject resource management--case studies en_US
dc.subject local governance and politics--case studies en_US
dc.subject natural resources--case studies en_US
dc.title Decentralization of Natural Resource Governance: A Case Study from an Indian Village en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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