Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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Communal grazing lands, Endaberg village, Tanzania

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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 failure.
09 Aug 2016

Commons Libraries

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Databases/catalogs organized around Elinor Ostrom's vast research agenda -- common pool resources, SES framework, polycentricity. This study focuses on knowledge commons, and is a link between this knowledge infrastructure, the Digital Library of the Commons (http://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/dlc/), the Workshop Research Library (https://ostromworkshop.indiana.edu/library/), and the Polycentricity Database (https://polycentricity.com/).
11 Mar 2020

Common property regime within Lagunas de Montebello National Park, Chiapas, Mexico

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This research was conducted in Lagunas de Montebello National Park (PNLM) in Chiapas, the sourthernmost state in Mexico. PNLM is a small (6,022 ha) protected area situated in south-central Chiapas, along the border with Guatemala in the ecological transition zone between the central highlands and the lowland tropical rainforests of this state. These forests experienced extensive and severe fires in 1998, due to drought conditions following the El Nino event of 1997. This study documented forest...
09 Aug 2016

Common property regime of the Huaorani Indians, Ecuador

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Historically the Huaorani Indian society encompassed an area of 20,000 km2 in the Ecuadorian Amazonian region bordered on the north by the Napo River and the south by the Curaray River.  The case study involves a historical time period predating first contact with outsiders in 1958 and catalogues an action situation involving an unknown number of individuals organized in small groupings of one to two extended families with a seminomadic movement pattern of cyclical relocation to certain areas...
09 Aug 2016

Common property regime of the Huaorani Indians (modern), Ecuador

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Contemporary Huaorani Indian society is scattered into approximately two dozen villages located in an area that encompasses the Napo, Orellana, and Pastaza provinces in the Ecuadorian Amazon region.  The case study involves a time period from approximately 1996 to the late 1990s and catalogues an action situation involving approximately 1,500 to 2,000 individuals and an unknown number of households who depend on domestic crops, gathered wild fruits, nuts and tubers, as well as hunted game and...
09 Aug 2016

Collective Action in Fishery, Ireland

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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/failure (to be supplemented).
09 Aug 2016

Coastal vulnerability to climate change in the Languedoc coastal region, southern France

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The Languedoc coastal zone is located in the delta region of the river Rhone bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Montpellier and the Petite Camargue in southern France. The study site also encompasses 20 km (~12.43 miles) of the inland area, including numerous communities of various sizes, the Lez and Vistre rivers, coastal lagoons and basins, and a mix of freshwater and brackish wetlands.  The Languedoc study area is characterized by an action arena in which (1) rapid population...
09 Aug 2016

Coastal vulnerability to climate change in Eden District municipality, Western Cape province, South Africa

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The local municipalities of Bitou, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, and Hessequa are situated in the Garden Route along the south coast of South Africa in the Eden District municipality, Western Cape province. The study area encompasses human developments along the coastline that stretch from the mouth of the Bloukrans River in the east to the Breede Estuary (Witsand) in the west, and inland to the foot of the Cape Fold Mountains.  The Eden District action arena is characterized by (1) a poorly...
09 Aug 2016

Coastal vulnerability to climate change in Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Cornwall is located in southwest England on the Cornish peninsula. It stretches between the cities of Bude and Plymouth in the north and Penzance and Falmouth in the south. The study area encompasses numerous communities of various sizes in the coastal and inland areas, including within the Tamar catchment along the rivers Camel, Fowey, Looe, as well as coastal lagoons and basins, and a mix of freshwater and brackish wetlands. The Cornwall study site is catalogued by an action arena in which: (...
09 Aug 2016

Chisasibi - James Bay Fishery, Canada

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Chisasibi, formerly the island community of Fort George, is located on the eastern coast of James Bay, about 620 miles north of Montreal in the Canadian subarctic. The original case, which spans from 1974-1976, catalogues an action situation involving approximately 1,600 resident native people and 225 nonnatives. The resource units are two species of Coregonus fish: whitefish and cisco. The communal management of the fishery is successful in that there are no pollution and overuse problems. The...
09 Aug 2016

Chilika Lake Traditional and Prawn Fishery (pre-1990s and 1990 to 1997), India

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Chilika Lake is located in Orissa, India, and extends from the city of Bhusandpur in the north to the city of Rambha-Mulad in the south.  The lake follows the coastal margins of the Bay of Bengal and is approximately 64 km long, 20 km wide, and encompasses an area of approximately 1,165 km2.  The Lake’s resources support circa 200,000 people living in 141 villages in the vicinity of the lake.  The users rely on a variety of lake resources for their livelihoods.  The case study involves two...
09 Aug 2016

Chiguana Fishery, Venezuela

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Chiguana is a small Venezuelan community on lower end of the Gulf of Cariaco, on the northern shore. The original study, which was carried out in 1971, catalogues an action situation with approximately 343 residents. At the time of the original case, the fishery was in decline due to deterioration of the fishing zone and market conditions. The key resource is fish, principally M. lisa. The fishery of interest was used mostly by the immediate community but was embedded within a national,...
09 Aug 2016

Chiangmai irrigation system, Chiangmai Villages Two and One, Chiangmai Province, Thailand

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This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University. The resource appropriated from the Chiangmai Irrigation system is water. The head of the irrigation system has two assistant heads, with whom he consults on crucial matters concerning the system. There is a second level of leadership which consists of the heads of each major canal. At the third level of leadership are the village irrigation headmen, who are in...
09 Aug 2016

Chholang Khet Ko Kulo, Dubachaur Village Panchayat, Sindhupalchok District, Nepal

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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

Chherlung Thulo Kulo irrigation system, Baugha Gumha Panchayat, Palpa District, southern Nepal

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The The resource appropriated from Chherlung Thulo Kulo Irrigation is water for irrigation as well as for domestic use in the village of Baugha Gumha Panchayat in Palpa District in the Lumbini Zone of southern Nepal, 10 km . Regarding the use of the irrigation system, there were few adverse affects throughout the entire period in the relationships among appropriation processes. This case study is part of the original Common-Pool Resource (CPR) database. A summary of the original CPR coding...
09 Aug 2016