Collaborative Management and Conservation Research

Mon, 1 Jul 1996 10:27:00 PDT


Here at the World Conservation Union's Social Policy Group, we're working
on a paper which takes a close look at what have come to be called
Collaborative Resource Management strategies- policies and practices
which seek to include local peoples in schemes of conservation
responsibilities & resource use rights. The theoretical underpinnings
for these concepts range from neo-classical economics to human rights.
In practice, CM runs the gamut between (supposedly) now-common
participatory appraisals to devolution of resource use rights &
conservation responsibilities to local communities.

While to anthropologists (and many laypeople) this inclusion-based
concept seems obvious, in conservation practice it is fairly novel. One
of the things we're looking for right now as part of our background
research are specific examples of agreements, formal or informal, between
local user groups (eg villages, families, tribes, etc.) about resource
use rights and responsibilities. There are ample examples of agreements
between these groups and their governments or other outsiders, but
internal negotiations, debates and agreements seem to have been
overlooked in the conservation literature. SO, if you or any of your
colleagues can help us with this quest, our gratitude would be endless
and the quality of our analysis greatly enhanced. Copies of the finished
work will be sent to contributors. In September we will announce, here
and around the net, the paper's public release and hopefully a URL for
quick access.

Many thanks in advance,
Chip Temm * Pascal Girot * Christian Erni

IUCN Social Policy Group ++41 22 999-0274 phone
Rue Mauverney 28 -0010 fax
CH-1196 Gland