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Common Pool Resources as Development Drivers: A Study of NTFPs in Himachal Pradesh, India

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Dasgupta, Purnamita
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Conf. Date: August 9-13
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1369
Sector: Forestry
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
forest products
rural development--case studies
income distribution
Abstract: From Pages 1-2: "This study investigates the role of common pool resources (CPRs) as a source of sustainable rural incomes in the context of opportunities created by the development process such as improved access to markets. Development in the present context is defined as an enhancement of well-being (MEA 2003). The development process thus involves transition from conditions of ill-being to well-being. Scholars have defined human well-being in different ways (Alkire 2002). Although how well-being is expressed and experienced is context and situation-dependent, and the concept of well-being is both complex and value-laden, research in under developed countries across the world (Narayan et al. 2000) has revealed certain universal constituents and determinants of human well-being. These include the basic material needs for a good life, health, security, good social relations, freedom and choice. The MEA contributes in recognizing ecological security as another equally important aspect of well-being. The freedom and choice aspect of well-being focuses on the capability to achieve that which individuals value doing and being (MEA 2003). The present study adopts this definition of development, and focuses on the contribution of CPRs in enhancing well-being of the communities dependent on them. It seeks to throw light on the web of interactions that exist between three dimensions of well-being the necessary material for a good life, good social relations, and, freedom and choice."

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