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Resources, rights, and cooperation

A sourcebook on property rights and collective action for sustainable development

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Water rights reform: lessons for institutional design

Internationally there is growing understanding that water rights are important and that a lack of effective water rights systems creates major problems for the management of increasingly scarce water supplies. However, discussion of water rights has…

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Institutional reforms in Indian irrigation

As water resources become increasing scare in India and demand only increases, the challenge of sustaining irrigation systems and the lands they serve is a matter of crucial importance. In particular, the livelihood of millions of farmers is…

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Collective Action and Property Rights for Sustainable Development

Institutions of collective action and systems of property rights shape how people use natural resources, and these patterns of use in turn affect the outcomes of people’s agricultural production systems. Together, mechanisms of collective action and…

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Innovation in natural resource management

International agricultural research is expanding beyond the development of annual crop technologies for individual farms to the development of longer-tern natural resource management techniques for entire landscapes. But technologies of practices with…

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Collective action, property rights, and devolution of natural resource management

The proceedings summarize discussions at the 5-day Workshop on Property Rights, Collective Action and Devolution of Natural Resource Management (June 21-25, 1999) in Puerto Azul, Cavite, Philippines, which brought together a group of more than 50…

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Negotiating water rights

Water is essential for life and livelihoods. As demands for water increase — for drinking, domestic use, irrigation, industry, and environmental conservation — areas that were once water-abundant are increasingly challenged by conflicting claims and…

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