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Commons Governance in Southern Africa

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Hara, Mafaniso; Matose, Frank; Wilson, Douglas C.
Date: 2009
Agency: PLAAS, Cape Town, South Africa
Series: Policy Brief 28
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5094
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: Africa
Subject(s): common pool resources
governance and politics
Abstract: "The commons (or common-pool resources) are the most important resources in southern Africa. The livelihoods of the majority and economies of most countries depend on them. Although common property regimes are often condemned as environmentally unsustainable, economically unviable or socially anachronistic, this mode of natural resource tenure and governance remains vitally necessary in the livelihoods of the rural poor across much of the region. Away from a limited number of project-based efforts for community-based management (often focused on specific natural resource sectors), such as Zimbabwe’s high-profile CAMPFIRE, millions of poor, rural people across the region continue their own integrated efforts to manage and live from the ecosystems that surround them. This, above all, is a challenge to governance. The poor must tackle it – and governments and development agencies must support their endeavours."

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