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Polycentric Governance of Multifunctional Forested Landscapes

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dc.contributor.author Nagendra, Harini
dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Elinor
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-22T18:52:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-22T18:52:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8022
dc.description.abstract "Human-induced causes of forest change occur at multiple scales. Yet, most governance mechanisms are designed at a single level--whether international, national, regional or local--and do not provide effective solutions for the overarching challenge of forest governance. Efforts to 'decentralize' governmental arrangements frequently do not recognize the importance of complex, polycentric arrangements and are based on a presumption of a single government at one level taking charge of a policy arena, often ignoring the existence of many vibrant self-governed institutions. Polycentric institutions provide a useful framework for governance, enabling aspects of preferred solutions to be used together in efforts to protect the long-term sustainability of diverse forested social-ecological systems. By considering the interaction between actors at different levels of governance, polycentricity contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the variation in diverse governance outcomes in the management of common-pool resources based on the needs and interests of citizens and the complexity of resources and governance systems at local, regional, national, and global levels. In this paper, we discuss challenges to polycentricity such as the matching of the boundaries of those who benefit, those who contribute with the boundary of the resource. We describe some approaches that have been effectively utilized to address these challenges in forests in various parts of the world. We also provide a brief overview of how the concept of polycentricity helps in the analysis of climate change and the closely related international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through degradation and deforestation (REDD)." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject polycentricity en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject REDD en_US
dc.title Polycentric Governance of Multifunctional Forested Landscapes en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 6 en_US

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