Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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Hanan Sayoc Irrigation, Quinua District, Peru

Case
The Hanan Sayoc Irrigation System is located in the Province of Ayacucho in Peru.  The resource appropriated related to the social dilemma is water for irrigation, which originates from the mountaintops and flows down to the fields through canals. The original case spans from 1962 to1974 and catalogues an action situation involving 5,348 people, predominately Quechua speakers. Based on the source document, there is insufficient information on whether this case was deemed to be a success or...
09 Aug 2016

Gwembe Tonga land tenure, Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Case
Arable land in this case, following Ostrom (2005: 24), is both a common pool resource and a public good. Bush land used for shifting cultivation is a common pool resource. Rights to this land belong to whoever clears it. There are virtually no rules governing access, except acceptance into a community that claims the bush land as part of its territory. Gaining acceptance is a simple matter of asking permission or just establishing residence in a place. River land is a common pool resource....
09 Aug 2016

Groundwater, Agriculture, and Drinking Water Access in the Tulare Lake Basin

Case
Groundwater extraction and contamination in the Tulare Lake Basin, with focus on agriculture and its impacts on access to drinking water in impacted communities.
11 Mar 2020

Grazing, Fire, and Australian Rangeland Dynamics, New South Wales, Australia

Case
The ecology of savanna rangelands is the product of a dynamic interaction between grass, shrubs, fire and livestock, and a high variability in rainfall. Humans play an important role in these dynamics by raising livestock who graze, and by suppressing fire. The authors of this case explore the implications of these human activities for the resilience of the Australian rangelands, characterized by two main stable states. The first state is dominated by grasses with scattered trees and shrubs....
09 Aug 2016

Governing Locust Outbreaks, South America

Case
Collaborative project between GLI, Senasa, .......... to.....
27 Feb 2020

Gondalpur irrigation system, Punjab province, Pakistan

Case
Gondalpur Irrigation system is located in Punjab Province in Pakistan. The resource appropriated related to the social dilemma is water for irrigation diverted with barrages from rivers to be distributed through canals. The original case was reported in 1986 and catalogues an action situation involving 50 farmers. The main watercourse of the village has serious problems in maintenance and water allocation. The author argues that the minute subdivision of land, the absence of an indigenous local...
09 Aug 2016

Global wildlife markets and whale conservation

Case
This case study coincides with a master’s thesis project conducted by Melanie Sturm in 2013-2014. It is an analysis of the relevance for wildlife markets to meet conservation objectives. Markets stand to be instrumental as more natural resources face the risk of overexploitation and/ or under-provision of proper control mechanisms and supporting infrastructure. Granted, market solutions are not a panacea, but there are settings and species for which rights-based management is appropriate, and...
09 Aug 2016

Gitksan commercial salmon fisheries along the Skeena river, British Columbia, Canada

Case
The Gitksan commercial salmon fisheries are located in west central British Columbia, Canada along a 200 kilometre length of the upper Skeena River in six reserve communities including: Kitwanga, Kispiox, Kitsegukla, Kifwancool (Gitanyow), Gitanmaax (Hazelton), and Sikadoak (Glen Vowell). The Gitksan community participates in the Skeena Fisheries Commission which works to coordinate a number of aboriginal and government agreements amongst fishing communities along the Skeena River. The...
09 Aug 2016

Ghatta Muhan Ku Kulo (Tarali Ku Kulo), Thamalangtar Dhap Village Panchayat, Sindhupalchok District, Nepal

Case
This case is part of the original Nepal Irrigation Institutions and Systems (NIIS) database developed in the 1980's by a team of researchers under the direction of Dr. Elinor Ostrom at Indiana University. In addition, this case is also part of a longitudinal study that has repeatedly investigated 19 farmer-managed irrigation systems (FMIS) in the Indrawati River Basin that participated in an innovative intervention designed to improve irrigation performance not only by improving physical...
09 Aug 2016

Gambhira cooperative farming society, India

Case
This case was part of a study to determine whether the institutional design principles of Ostrom where, in fact, related to "governance success" by Cox et al.  In that analysis, this case was classified as a success.  
09 Aug 2016

Gahavälla Beach Seine Fishing, Sri Lanka

Case
The original case author uses pseudonyms for both names and places in their study. Gahavälla, a Sinhalese fishing village is located in the Southern Province in Sri Lanka. The original case, which spans from 1970-1971, catalogues approximately 180 farmers; the resource unit is predominantly inshore fish (sardines, anchovies, squid, rockfish, and spanish mackerel).  This case study is part of the original Common-Pool Resource (CPR) database. A summary of the original CPR coding conducted in the...
09 Aug 2016

Gageoda (Kagodo) Island myok grounds, South Korea

Case
This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University. Seaweed is the resource appropriated from the Kagodo myok grounds. It is harvested from the area surrounding the isolated island of Kagodo, off the southwest coast of Korea. The people collectively own the seaweed grounds and one member from each household can access the grounds. The author discusses three fishing villages and the differences among them in the...
09 Aug 2016

Gageoda (Kagodo) Island anchovy fishery, South Korea

Case
Kogodo is an isolated island fishing community located in the Cholla Nam-do Province of Korea.  The resources harvested  are anchovies from the Kagodo anchovy grounds surrounding Kagodo Island as well as seaweed, which is harvested during spring. Boundaries are drawn on technological limitations, as boats can only travel a limited distance offshore. Seaweed grounds are owned collectively and can be accessed by member households. This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the...
09 Aug 2016

Furrow irrigation system of the Marakwet escarpment in Kenya

Case
This case was part of a study to determine whether the institutional design principles of Ostrom where, in fact, related to "governance success" by Cox et al.  In that analysis, this case was classified as a success.
09 Aug 2016

FRG Organic Agriculture

Case
Organic agriculture in Germany jointly produces food and biodiversity, among others. The question of this case is how the regulation of the organic farming sector affects its expansion and level of innovation.
11 Mar 2020