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Fisheries Co-Management Institutions in Southern Africa: A Hierarchical Analysis of Perceptions of Effectiveness

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Wilson, Douglas C.; Ahmed, Mahfuzuddin; Delaney, Alyne; Donda, Steven J.; Kapasa, C.K.; Malasha, Isaac; Muyangali, K.; Njaya, Friday; Olesen, T.; Poiosse, E.; Raakjær-Nielsen, Jesper
Journal: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 4
Page(s): 643–662
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6753
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Africa
Subject(s): fisheries
common pool resources
resource management
traditional institutions
Abstract: "A random sample attitude survey concluded a ten-year research effort on fisheries co-management that was carried out in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The survey responses were analysed using a two-level hierarchical model that allowed conclusions about village-level institutions to be based on individual-level survey responses. The present paper describes the surveys background,methodology, and conclusions. Three of these conclusions are very clear from the survey results. The first is that co-management that is more responsive to the community is more effective. The second is that co-management institutions made up mainly of fishers are more effective than ones that incorporate a broad range of stakeholders. The third is that local conservation efforts being seen as making a positive contribution to village life is unrelated to their being seen as rule enforcement mechanisms."

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