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Building Groups to Navigate Cross-Scale Turbulence Where Solo Efforts Fail: Networking Across Indonesia

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Royo, Antoinette G.
Conference: Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Conf. Date: May 31-June 4
Date: 2000
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1278
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Social Organization
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
fisheries
resource management
NGOs
indigenous institutions
networks
capacity building
community development
coral reefs
coastal resources
river basins
Abstract: "Networking across Indonesia is weaving resilience back into the governance of forest, river and reef resources. The Dayak case is representative of hundreds of cases where indigenous groups are struggling to use traditional adat governance to manage their natural resources. Drawing on experiences from BSPs KEMALA project, this paper will highlight some examples from the range of situations across Indonesia where NGOs have emerged to assist traditional adat-based natural resource management. Through informal apprenticeships and networks, NGOs are strengthening each others' capacities to advocate for national policy reforms while holding themselves accountable to communities. By working with provincial and local officials, as well as with national agencies, NGOs are assisting government to assess the causes of major forest fires and find options for better forest management. NGOs are also stimulating inter-community agreements to manage river basins and inter-island agreements to control fishing where local resource exploitation has had negative impacts."

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