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Common and Privatized: Conditions for Wise Management of Matsutake Mushrooms in Northwest Yunnan Province, China

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dc.contributor.author Yang, Xuefei
dc.contributor.author Wilkes, Andreas
dc.contributor.author Yang, Yongping
dc.contributor.author Xu, Jianchu
dc.contributor.author Geslani, Cheryl S.
dc.contributor.author Yang, Xueqing
dc.contributor.author Gao, Feng
dc.contributor.author Yang, Jiankun
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-22T14:54:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-22T14:54:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5422
dc.description.abstract "Since Hardin’s (1968) paper on the 'Tragedy of the Commons,' property rights of commonpool resources have been a central concern for natural resource management scholars. Matsutake, a common-pool resource, is an economically important mushroom in several locations around the world. Driven by growing international demand over the last few decades, matsutake management is a relatively new practice both for local communities and government agencies. In Northwest Yunnan, China, one of the most productive areas for matsutake globally, numerous local practices and systems have emerged in the last two to three decades. In this study, we investigate the differences between management systems in eight communities and the factors associated with them. The methods used for field research included key-informant interviews, household surveys, and questionnaires. Three main management patterns were identified through use of statistical clustering based on indicators such as physical environment, resource characteristics, tenure arrangements, regulations and implementation, harvesting behavior, income, and market regulation. It was found that private access—the principal characteristic of which is the exclusive use of resources—results in more income at lower labor cost per household than either of the other openaccess management patterns. Even though under the context of ongoing Second Forest Tenure Reform in China—in which collective forest privatization is the key task—application of private-access regimes is limited because of site conditions including physical, institutional, and market environments. Commonaccess management systems have advantages in terms of managing conflict and balancing equity needs. No matter the type of access right, the key issue for wise matsutake management is institutional. Locally rooted innovative strategies should be encouraged, and institutional capacity building should be carried out to support innovations in matsutake management." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject privatization en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject open access en_US
dc.title Common and Privatized: Conditions for Wise Management of Matsutake Mushrooms in Northwest Yunnan Province, China en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country China en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth unknown en_US

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