Featured research theme
This theme explores the role of collective action and property rights in developing systems that allow women and men, farmers and herders, and other categories of users to share land, water, or forest resources for a variety of purposes. Most analyses of the efficiency of natural resource management have failed to recognize that resources often have multiple uses, and that subgroups of users often can be characterized by their use patterns. Below are several examples how a resource can be used in different ways by different user groups:
- The same piece of land may be used for growing different crops, grazing, and gathering.
- The same water source can be used for irrigating, washing, taking care of the farm animals, or income-generating activities.
- The same area of forest can be used to produce timber, fruits, leaves, firewood, shade, or other commodities.