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Addressing conflict through collective action in natural resource management

Author: Ratner, B.D.
Author: Meinzen-Dick, R.
Author: Hellin, J.
Author: Mapedza, E.
Author: Unruh, E.
Author: Veening, W.
Author: Haglund, E.
Author: May, C.
Author: Bruch, C.
Year: 2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/19062
Abstract: The food security crisis and international “land grabs” have drawn renewed attention to the role of natural resource competition in the livelihoods of the rural poor. While significant empirical research has focused on diagnosing the links between natural resource competition and (violent) conflict, much less has focused on the dynamics of whether and how resource competition can be transformed to strengthen social-ecological resilience and mitigate conflict. Focusing on this latter theme, this review synthesizes evidence from cases in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Building on an analytical framework designed to enable such comparative analysis, we present several propositions about the dynamics of conflict and collective action in natural resource management, and a series of recommendations for action. These propositions are: that collective action in natural resource management is influenced by the social-ecological and governance context, that natural resource management institutions affect the incentives for conflict or cooperation, and that the outcomes of these interactions influence future conflict risk, livelihoods, and resource sustainability. Action recommendations concern policies addressing resource tenure, conflict resolution mechanisms, and social inequalities, as well as strategies to strengthen collective action institutions in the natural resource sectors and to enable more equitable engagement by marginalized groups in dialogue and negotiation over resource access and use.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Utrecht University Library Open Access Journals
Publisher: International Association for the Study of the Commons
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Type: Article
Place of Publication: Netherlands
Pages: 877-906
Issue: 2
Volume: 11
DOI: 10.18352/ijc.768
Keywords: Collective Action
Keywords: Resource Conflict
Country of Focus: AFRICA
Country of Focus: ASIA
Country of Focus: LATIN AMERICA
Agrovoc: NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Agrovoc: RESILIENCE
Agrovoc: COOPERATION
Agrovoc: COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOUR
Agrovoc: GOVERNANCE
Journal: International Journal of the Commons


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