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Title:Challenges to Proponents of Common Property Resource Systems: Despairing Voices from the Social Forests of Zimbabwe
Authors:Campbell, BruceISNI
Mandondo, Alois
Nemarundwe, Nontokozo
Sithole, Bevlyne
De Jong, Wil
Luckert, Marty
Matose, Frank
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:natural resource management
communal lands
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(00)00114-5
Abstract:Common property resource (CPR) management is receiving much interest from the development community, for the management of a wide range of resources. Part of this interest is the current worldwide trend to devolve natural resource management to local communities. Much of the literature on community-based natural resource management (especially the literature reaching the practitioners) is largely optimistic in outlook. However, there is a lack of congruence between the optimism displayed in the literature and the realities on the ground. In investigating common property issues for woodlands in the communal areas of Zimbabwe, the authors did not find many working examples of CPR management. There are a number of factors challenging CPR management, including national policies and legislation which are not enabling, changing and differentiated household strategies, the lack of legitimacy of local organizations and various resource features. These factors are briefly discussed in the essay. The authors also examine why there is such a large difference between the optimism of much of the literature and the empirical world of the social forest in Zimbabwe. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.