Interdependence of Common-Pool Resources: Lessons from a set of nested catchments in Australia

Sarker, Ashutosh, Ross, Helen and Shrestha, Krishna K. (2008) Interdependence of Common-Pool Resources: Lessons from a set of nested catchments in Australia. Human Ecology, 36 6: 821-834. doi:10.1007/s10745-008-9206-1

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Author Sarker, Ashutosh
Ross, Helen
Shrestha, Krishna K.
Title Interdependence of Common-Pool Resources: Lessons from a set of nested catchments in Australia
Journal name Human Ecology
ISSN 0300-7839
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10745-008-9206-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 36
Issue 6
Start page 821
End page 834
Total pages 14
Editor D. G. Bates
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Subject C1
960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
050209 Natural Resource Management
Abstract The concept of common-pool resources (CPRs) has evolved from consideration of single-use to multiple-use resources, though the focus remains predominantly on single natural resources such as water. However, both ecological connections and human actions mean that one CPR can exist interdependently rather than in isolation from others. This article investigates this interdependence with a case study of a set of nested CPRs in the Lockyer, the Brisbane River, and Moreton Bay catchments in Southeast Queensland, Australia. An in-depth case study involving a review of relevant literature, conceptual analysis and 6 years of participant observation by one of the authors, shows that the catchment has several interdependent CPRs, linked through ecological processes and mediated by human actions that create positive or negative externalities for many resource users. We argue that the concept of “externality” can enhance our understanding of, and ability to recognize, the socioecological interdependence among CPRs and their users in a catchment, which is critical to clarify the extent of shared interests needed to underpin the design and use of appropriate collaborative management approaches.
Keyword Common-pool resources
Collaborative management
Socioecological systems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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