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Common Property Regimes in the Forest: Just a Relic from the Past?

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Type: Working Paper
Author: McKean, Margaret A.; Ostrom, Elinor
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3777
Sector: Forestry
Subject(s): forestry
common pool resources
core commons
Abstract: "Common property regimes, used by communities to manage forests and other resources for long-term benefits, were once widespread around the globe. Some may have disappeared naturally as communities opted for other arrangements, particularly in the face of technological and economic change, but in most instances common property regimes seem to have been legislated out of existence. This happened in two basic ways: where common property regimes - however elaborate and long-lasting - had never been codified, they may simply have been left out of a country's first attempt to formalize and codify property rights to the resources in question (for example, in Indonesia, Brazil and most countries of sub-Saharan Africa). Where common property regimes had legal recognition, land reforms sometimes transferred all such rights to individuals (as in the case of enclosure in the United Kingdom) or to the government itself, or to a combination of the two (as in India and Japan)."

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