Decentralized Natural Resource Management: A Review of Devolution of Property Rights and People’s ParticipationAuthor : Pratyusna Patnaik
Volume 8 No.1 January-March 2019 pp 92-96
Recent decades have witnessed an increased attention towards emergence of decentralized strategies in natural resource management, as a solution to problems of over exploitation and degradation of natural resources. However, it is important to note that central to the processes of decentralisation in natural resource management is that of the concept of property rights. Successful decentralisation in natural resource management requires effective institutions be in place at local level with clearly defined property rights. In this context, the present paper analyses the process of changing property rights in decentralized natural resources management. It explores different forms of property rights and answers the question as to which type of property rights must be devolved to the user groups, if decentralized natural resource management is to be effective and sustainable.
Natural Resource Management, Devolution, Property Rights, Participation
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