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Sharing Power: A Global Guide to Collaborative Management of Natural Resources

Handbook / Manual

By: Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, Michel Pimbert, M Taghi Farvar and A Kothari

473 pages, Illus


Paperback | Oct 2007 | #170106 | ISBN-13: 9781844074976
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The collaborative or 'co-management' of natural resources - whether between states and local communities or amongst and within communities themselves - is a process of collective understanding and actions by local communities and other social actors. The process brings about negotiated agreements on management roles, rights and responsibilities, making explicit the conditions and institutions of sound decentralized governance.

This book is designed for professionals and people involved in collaborative management processes. It distils the wealth of experience and innovative approaches developed by people who have learned by doing. It begins by offering a variety of vistas, from broad historical and equity considerations to in-depth co-management examples. Illustrated in detail is the understanding accumulated in recent decades on starting points for co-management, prerequisites for successful negotiations as well as rules, methods and conditions for the negotiations. Methods and tools, such as practical checklists distilled from different situations and contexts, are offered throughout and examples of specifics agreements and pluralist management organizations are discussed.

'The most complete and detailed source book available to date on how to frame, prepare and actually engage in co-management. An exceptional volume that presents the perfect blend of concepts and practice' Policy Matters


Introduction; Part I: Towards a Contextual Framework; Managing Natural Resources; Actors, Entitlements and Equity in Natural Resource Management; Co-management of Natural Resources; Part II: Towards Effective Processes; A Point of Departure; Preparing for the Partnership; Negotiating the Co-management Agreement and Organization; Part III: Towards Effective Institutions; Co-management Agreements; Co-management Organizations; Learning-by-doing in Co-management Institutions; Part IV: Towards an Enabling Social Context; Natural Resource Policy and Instruments; Empowering Civil Society for Policy Change; Conclusions; References.

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Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend is co-chair of the IUCN/CEESP Collaborative Management Working Group. Michael Pimbert is Acting Director of the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Programme at IIED. M. Taghi Farvar is Chair of IUCN/CEESP. Ashish Kothari is co-editor of Managing Protected Areas (2006). Yves Renard is a consultant in natural resource management.

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