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Governance and Institutional Change in Traditional Commons: Lessons from Chhattisgarh, India

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dc.contributor.author Marothia, Dinesh K. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:30:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:30:29Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-28 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-28 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/521
dc.description.abstract "Chhattisgarh, an Indian state, has innumerable multi-use common water bodies (MUCWBs). These water bodies are being administered and controlled under different property rights regimes by different state departments. Fisheries in MUCWBs dates back to time immemorial in Chhattisgarh and have been traditionally managed under common property regime. In recent past fisheries in MUCWBs have been managed under cooperative governance structure an internal institutional structure model of distributed governance system. Fishermen communities/resource users groups and the state or local village government shared the responsibility of managing fisheries by combining appropriate institutional skills of local resource users/local committees and technical, administration and financial resources available with the states. Fisheries cooperative societies (FCSs ) have been assigned usufruct rights to use MUCWBs for fisheries subject to certain socio-economic and administrative conditions. Under the Fisheries Policy of Government of Chhattisgarh, first preference has been/is being to FCSs to leased in MUCWBs irrespective of water spread area. MUCWBs can only be leased out to fisherman groups and individual fisherman if FCSs do not bid for leasing in MUCWBs or FCSs are not existing in a particular village. Further, in order of priority, fisherman community is being given first preference to lease out MUCWBs. The issues related to management of traditional MUCWBs by FCSs are complex due to different categories and characteristics of these common water bodies, scale, size and coverage of FCSs and multiple stakeholders and agencies involved in governing the water resources. Looking to the importance of MUCWBs for fish culture, irrigation, and other domestic uses in Chhattisgarh this study was undertaken to provide an overview of governance structure of fisheries in MUCWBs and to discuss outcomes of an indepth analysis of four FCSs, which have covered different categories of MUCWBs administered under different property rights regimes. This study has also discussed performance of individual fisherman who have leased in MUCWBs Findings of a quick well focused case study of Self Help Groups is also presented. The study has suggested workable institutional arrangements for sustainable management of MUCWBs to reduce poverty and vulnerability of poor stakeholders." en_US
dc.subject institutional change en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title Governance and Institutional Change in Traditional Commons: Lessons from Chhattisgarh, India en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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