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Co-Management: The Evolution in Theory and Practice of the Joint Administration of Living Resources

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Berkes, Fikret; George, Peter; Preston, Richard J.
Conference: Common Property Conference, the Second Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Conf. Date: September 26-29, 1991
Date: 1991
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1506
Sector: Theory
Land Tenure & Use
Region: North America
Subject(s): IASC
resource management
indigenous knowledge
common pool resources
land tenure and use
Cree (North American people)
Abstract: "The joint administration or cooperative management (comanagement) of living resources is the potential solution to the contentious divergence between two alternative systems: centralized, state-level versus local-level and community-based systems of resource management. But co-management does not have a simple prescription. There are 'levels' of co-management, from informing and consultation, through degrees of power-sharing between the central government and local resource users." "Studies in the James Bay area indicate that the capability of local-level management or self-management is important not only from a fish and wildlife management point of view. It is also important to the social and economic health of many native communities. Because of the continuing importance of living resources, the economic development of native communities is linked to their ability to manage their own resources. This, in turn, is linked to larger questions of self-government."

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