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Institutions for Sustainable Forest Governance: Robustness, Equity, and Cross-Level Interactions in Mawlyngbna, Meghalaya, India

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dc.contributor.author Oberlack, Christoph
dc.contributor.author Walter, Philipp LaHaela
dc.contributor.author Schmerbeck, Joachim
dc.contributor.author Tiwari, B. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-19T18:49:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-19T18:49:14Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9915
dc.description.abstract "This study adopts Ostrom’s Social-Ecological Systems (SES) framework in empirical fieldwork to explain how local forestry institutions affect forest ecosystems and social equity in the community of Mawlyngbna in North-East India. Data was collected through 26 semi-structured interviews, participatory timeline development, policy documents, direct observation, periodicals, transect walks, and a concurrent forest-ecological study in the village. Results show that Mawlyngbna's forests provide important sources of livelihood benefits for the villagers. However, ecological disturbance and diversity varies among the different forest ownership types and forest-based livelihood benefits are inequitably distributed. Based on a bounded rationality approach, our analysis proposes a set of causal mechanisms that trace these observed social-ecological outcomes to the attributes of the resource system, resource units, actors and governance system. We analyse opportunities and constraints of interactions between the village, regional, and state levels. We discuss how Ostrom’s design principles for community-based resource governance inform the explanation of robustness but have a blind spot in explaining social equity. We report experiences made using the SES framework in empirical fieldwork. We conclude that mapping cross-level interactions in the SES framework needs conceptual refinement and that explaining social equity of forest governance needs theoretical advances." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject equity en_US
dc.subject forestry en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Institutions for Sustainable Forest Governance: Robustness, Equity, and Cross-Level Interactions in Mawlyngbna, Meghalaya, India en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 9 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 670-697 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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