|Title||Conflict in Protected Areas: Who Says Co-Management Does Not Work?|
|Author(s)||Pourcq, Kobe De; Thomas, Evert; Arts, B.J.M.; Léon-Sicard, Tomas; Damme, Patrick Van|
|Source||PLoS One 10 (2015)12. - ISSN 1932-6203|
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Abstract||Natural resource-related conflicts can be extremely destructive and undermine environmental protection. Since the 1990s co-management schemes, whereby the management of resources is shared by public and/or private sector stakeholders, have been a main strategy for reducing these conflicts worldwide. Despite initial high hopes, in recent years co-management has been perceived as falling short of expectations. However, systematic assessments of its role in conflict prevention or mitigation are non-existent. Interviews with 584
residents from ten protected areas in Colombia revealed that co-management can be successful in reducing conflict at grassroots level, as long as some critical enabling conditions, such as effective participation in the co-management process, are fulfilled not only on paper but also by praxis. We hope these findings will re-incentivize global efforts to make co-management work in protected areas and other common pool resource contexts, such as fisheries,
agriculture, forestry and water management.