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Considering Scale in Resource Definition

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Geores, Martha E.
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: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2042
Sector: Forestry
Global Commons
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources--theory
forest policy
global commons--technology
remote sensing
Abstract: "Resources are defined, regulated, and consumed at scales ranging from the scale of a single individual to the global scale. Forests have long been recognized as common-pool resources that exist within the context of different scales. This paper examines the importance of understanding the role of scale in the definition of forests as resources. It begins with a discussion of structuration as the theoretical foundation for resource definition. Next, the dual role of scale in influencing and being influenced by the definition of resources is discussed, and finally, these principles are applied to forests."

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