Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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San Pedro Fishery, Belize

Case
     San Pedro, Belize is an island village of approximately 1,200 residents in 1979. Located off the coast of Belize in a strategic place on Ambergris Cay it is close to abundant local fishing and has easy access to nearby commercial markets (Belize city, Corozal, and Chetumal). The fishing cooperative, Caribena Cooperative Limited, was San Pedro’s official fishing organization handling capture, processing and sale of the village’s primary resource: marine produce consisting of...
09 Aug 2016

San Martin Ocotlán community forest management, Oaxaca, Mexico

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The San Martin Ocotlán forest community encompasses a total of six settlements located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, of which San Martin Ocotlán is the largest.  The community has de jure rights to 13,000 ha of common property pine and oak forests.  The case study involves a time period from approximately 1958 to the mid to late 1990s and catalogues an action situation involving approximately 3,300 residents organized in circa 600 households, who supplement their subsistence maize farming...
09 Aug 2016

Saebah communal irrigation system

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The Saebah communal system of irrigation was studied in the Cemplang village of West Java in Indonesia. The resource appropriated from Saebah Communal System is water for irrigation. The irrigation system comprises canals that deliver water from a river for irrigation. The study examines the impact of national subsidies on the rehabilitation of two small-scale river-diversion irrigation systems in Indonesia. Subsidies were substantial inducements to the mobilization of local resources, and high...
09 Aug 2016

Sabi Sand Game Preserve, South Africa

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

Sabangan Bato irrigation system, Panangpan, Sabangan Bato, and Bidbiday barrios, Galimuyod, Phillippines

Case
The farms served by the Sabangan Bato Irrigation System are located in the adjoining Barrios of Panangpan, Sabangan Bato, and Bidbiday of the town of Galimuyod in the Ilocos Sur Province in the Philippines. The resource appropriated is water for irrigation in canals that divert water from the Candon River to the adjacent farmlands, and open wells located over the fields. At the beginning of the period, there was a moderate shortage of biological and physical resources withdrawn compared to the...
09 Aug 2016

Rusembilan Kembong Fishery, Thailand

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The fishing village of Rusembilan is situated on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand, about 3 and half miles from the provincial capital, Pattani. Fishing, which is largely seasonal, is the most important occupation, followed by rice cultivation. The original case spans from 1956 to 1964 and catalogues an action situation involving approximately 1,000 villagers; the resource units are kembong (species of mackerel) and udang ako (species of prawn). Social relationships and communication in...
09 Aug 2016

Rural sokshing, Bhutan (I)

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Following the introduction of the Forest Act of 1969 and the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of 1995, the forests of Bhutan are owned and managed by the state, and are legally classified as "Government Reserve Forest". One of two major forest-related indigenous land-use strategies is sokshing [registered leaf litter forests] that is defined as "a part of the Government Reserve Forest registered in the name of an individual and maintained aside for collection for leaf litters required for...
09 Aug 2016

Rural coastal fishing community, south of Mombasa, Kenya

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The fishing community contained in this case study is located approximately 50 km south of the city of Mombasa on the coast of Kenya, outside of the Diani/Chale National Marine Park and Reserve. The village has an estimated 1000 inhabitants in approximately 200 households. Approximately 44% of the households in the community are directly involved in fishery extraction and the community is considered economically dependent on the marine fishery. The original case study authors focused on social...
09 Aug 2016

Robustness and Resilience across Scales: Migration and Resource Degradation in the Prehistoric U.S. Southwest

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09 Aug 2016

Regime shifts in a socio-ecological model of farmland abandonment

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09 Aug 2016

Ranvahi forest community, Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India

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The Ranvahi forest community is located approximately 25 km from the town of Kurkheda in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, India.  It encompasses a geographical area of 924.43 ha of which 641.71 ha are community forest.  The case study involves an undetermined snapshot in time and catalogues an action situation involving 393 community members organized in 81 households which are dependent on the forest for fuelwood, fodder, timber, water, and wildlife, among others.  Timber...
09 Aug 2016

Quintana Roo-Scalefish, Eastern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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The Quintana Roo fishery is located on the Eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The nearly 900 km of coastline includes all of Mexico's Caribbean shore. The boundary of the Quintana Roo fisheries is defined institutionally by the Mexican government. The resource harvested is scalefish. Unlike the other resource users harvesting from this fishery, scalefish harvesters are not organized by a co-op or firm. This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by...
09 Aug 2016

Quintana Roo lobster fishery, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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The Quintana Roo lobster fisheries are located on the eastern (Caribbean) side of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and stretch along the nearly 900 km of coastline from the border with Belize in the south to the Gulf of Mexico in the north. The original case study divides the fishery into three regions: north, central and south and is based on fieldwork conducted from mid-1978 to mid-1980.  It catalogues an action situation involving approx. 643 cooperative fishermen; lobster is the stationary...
09 Aug 2016

Pumpa Irrigation System, Central region, Nepal

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The Pumpa Irrigation System draws water from the Pumpa river to serve approximately 120 households.  It is a "north-south" system and is in an area with relatively steep terrain.  This case was analyzed using a stylized dynamic model to assess its capacity to cope with new challenges from global change.  The model suggested that the adaptive water allocation rules used by the community (sequential, 12 and 24 hour rotations) could significanty enhance the robustness of the system to increased...
09 Aug 2016

Port Phillip Bay Scallop Fishery

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Port Phillip Bay is a large bay in southern Victoria, Australia.The resource appropriated from Port Phillip Bay are scallops. In this case study, the authors describe the scallop fishery and the evolution of its management system after stocks declined. Over time rules such as licenses, individual quotas, and closed seasons have been introduced to manage the resource. This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana...
09 Aug 2016