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Editorial: Towards an Effective Commons Governance System in Southern Africa?

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dc.contributor.author Magole, Lapologang
dc.contributor.author Turner, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Büscher, Bram
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-05T16:17:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-05T16:17:30Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6669
dc.description.abstract "This special feature presents several papers generated under the EU-funded ‘Cross Sectoral Commons Governance in Southern Africa’ (CROSCOG) project. The feature builds on knowledge generated in case studies which explored existing integrated resource knowledge and governance practices of rural people living in Southern African commons. In earlier generations, especially during the pre-colonial periods, most Southern African societies developed quite effective indigenous institutions for the management of entire landscapes and their component ecosystems, when this was in their interest. Few of these integrated Southern African systems are effective today as they have gone through massive changes, for example due to colonial influences, the increased role of the market and/or conflicts over use and access to natural resources. Meanwhile, most efforts to rebuild or affirm (the management of) the commons through various initiatives, have been specific to certain resources or localised areas. Conversely, the smaller number of ecosystem-wide land use planning initiatives that sought to enhance overall environmental health have been dominated by technical, anti-political approaches that failed to understood the differential roles of resources in the spectrum of local livelihoods, and failed to achieve the required broader reinforcement of local governance.This introduction and the papers it introduces explore opportunities and challenges with respect to integrating scale – landscapes, ecosystems, and governing systems – into the local commons." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject scale en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.title Editorial: Towards an Effective Commons Governance System in Southern Africa? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 602–620 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth August en_US

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