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Type: Working Paper
Author: de Nazareth, Marianne
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6827
Sector: Forestry
General & Multiple Resources
Land Tenure & Use
Subject(s): common pool resources
resource management
Abstract: "The 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) 2011 held in the heritage city of Hyderabad from the 10-14th January 2011 was an eye opener with regard to the critical role that the commons such as forests, water bodies, and grazing lands play in sustaining the rural economy in any country in the world including India. The reason Andhra Pradesh was chosen as the venue was because the government is piloting a regional programme that will integrate the development and restoration of what is known as common lands in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Community Forest Management arrangements in AP are also path breaking in terms of scale, initiative and institutional design. In urban minds, common lands are treated as 'waste lands' but they are most often the only means of livelihood to the poor."

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