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Supporting Collective Action through Community Development Funds: An Institutional Innovation for Herder Poverty Reduction in Sichuan, China

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dc.contributor.author Wei, Han
dc.contributor.author Ling, Du
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-12T17:57:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-12T17:57:33Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7238
dc.description.abstract "Tibetan herding communities in western Sichuan have a long tradition of migratory livestock grazing on seasonal commons as an adaptation to fluctuating climatic and grassland conditions. After the Household Contract Responsibility System was promoted, many herder communities have continued to graze livestock on seasonal commons as they traditionally did. But there were still some problems with 'communal livestock grazing”' Some pastoral villages have begun to experience a 'Tragedy of the Commons' and face a complex bundle of problems. One of the most important problems is the community lost their ability for collective action. Houlonggou, the case village, has experienced a transition from a 'Tragedy of the Commons', to a restoration of self-government and collective action for common property management. With this case we have found that combining Community Development Funds (CDF) with Common Pool Resource (CPR) management is a feasible way to escape from the 'the Tragedy of the Commons”' CDF may help in many aspects of forming and strengthening collective actions and improving CPR management abilities, such as enhancing the ability of self-governing and financial sustainability of collective action. In this paper, we will discuss: (a) the linkages between losing the ability for collective action and 'the Tragedy of Commons'; (b) how to escape 'the Tragedy of Commons' through rebuilding collective activities capacities; (c) the role of CDF in improving collective management of CPR." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject grasslands--case studies en_US
dc.subject community development en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.title Supporting Collective Action through Community Development Funds: An Institutional Innovation for Herder Poverty Reduction in Sichuan, China en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US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 Grazing en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US


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