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Record number 497238
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
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0144943
Department(s) Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
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.
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