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Tenure, Tourism and Timber in Quintana Roo, Mexico: Land Tenure Changes in Forest Ejidos after Agrarian Reforms

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Barsimantov, James; Racelis, Alexis; Barnes, Grenville; DiGiano, Maria
Journal: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 4
Page(s): 293–318
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5935
Sector: Forestry
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): tourism
community forestry
common pool resources
land tenure and use
Abstract: "We present and apply an analytical framework for understanding land tenure change in the wake of radical land policy modifications in Mexico’s communal tenure system. We posit that the changes in land tenure vary as a result of a complex interplay of drivers external and internal to the land tenure unit. Using interview and socio-economic data, we apply this framework to six ejidos in Quintana Roo, Mexico in order to understand the extent to which these ejidos have shifted towards private individual property as promoted in the 1992 amendment of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution. In our case study ejidos, we conclude that external factors, including community forestry, tourism, and urbanization, have synergized with factors internal to the ejido (including governance, existing resource base, ethnicity, livelihood strategies, migration, and attitudes about property), leading to different trajectories in land tenure arrangements."

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