Co‐Management as a New Approach to Regulation of Common Property Resources

Jean‐Marie Baland and Jean‐Philippe Platteau

in Halting Degradation of Natural Resources

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198290612
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601613 | DOI:
 Co‐Management as a New Approach to Regulation of Common Property Resources

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This paper focuses on the co-management approach to regulating common property resources. The nature of co-management arrangements or contracts, and applications of co-management in various countries, particularly coastal fishery management in Japan are discussed. The success of co-management lies in its operation within a framework where the state integrates the populations concerned during the early design stages of the resource-preserving strategy. Given the ‘culture of distrust’ in relationships between the State and local resource users, development projects initiated by local or foreign donor agencies play a key role within a co-management framework of action.

Keywords: co-management; common property resources; resource management; regulation; State; coastal fishery management; Japan

Chapter.  18522 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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