Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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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

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

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

Governing Locust Outbreaks, South America

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

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

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

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

Haskovo's Irrigation System A, southern Bulgaria

Case
The Haskovo region is located along the southern border of Bulgaria near both Turkey and Greece. The four study sites contained within the case study are deliberately kept anonymous but are representative of seventeen village case studies conducted in three regions of Bulgaria and were chosen because distorting variables could be excluded in these cases. The Haskovo study sites include smaller irrigation catchment areas and definite numbers of actors and are managed by the water users...
09 Aug 2016

Haskovo's Irrigation System B, southern Bulgaria

Case
The Haskovo region is located along the southern border of Bulgaria near both Turkey and Greece. The four study sites contained within the case study are deliberately kept anonymous but are representative of seventeen village case studies conducted in three regions of Bulgaria and were chosen because distorting variables could be excluded in these cases. The Haskovo study sites include smaller irrigation catchment areas and definite numbers of actors and are managed by the water users...
09 Aug 2016

Haskovo's Irrigation System C, southern Bulgaria

Case
The Haskovo region is located along the southern border of Bulgaria near both Turkey and Greece. The four study sites contained within the case study are deliberately kept anonymous but are representative of seventeen village case studies conducted in three regions of Bulgaria and were chosen because distorting variables could be excluded in these cases. The Haskovo study sites include smaller irrigation catchment areas and definite numbers of actors and are managed by the water users...
09 Aug 2016

Haskovo's Irrigation System D, southern Bulgaria

Case
The Haskovo region is located along the southern border of Bulgaria near both Turkey and Greece. The four study sites contained within the case study are deliberately kept anonymous but are representative of seventeen village case studies conducted in three regions of Bulgaria and were chosen because distorting variables could be excluded in these cases. The Haskovo study sites include smaller irrigation catchment areas and definite numbers of actors and are managed by the water users...
09 Aug 2016

Heterogeneity in the Commons: Hard Infrastructure and Its Effects on Collective Action and Public Goods Provisioning

Case
We compare three artisanal fisheries (Lagoon fishery in Greece; Kembong fishery in Thailand; and the Green turtle fishery in Nicaragua) and tangentially draw on three small-scale irrigation systems (Tirunelveli and Kottapalle in South India, and Nabagram in Bangladesh) in order to understand the impact of hard infrastructure on the prospects of collective action with specific reference to the rules-in-use related to common pool resource (CPR) management.  Based on the small subset of cases...
09 Aug 2016

Historical forest common property regime, Slovakia, central Europe

Case
The forestry sector has traditionally been a strong resort in most of Central European countries, as the forest covers approximately 30 – 40 % of the their territories. The management of forest resources is characterized by existence of a long forestry tradition, and dynamic evolution of the forest ownership structure originated in 17th century. These systems have been experiencing a range of disturbances, including change of political regimes, economic conditions and environmental changes that...
09 Aug 2016

Huaynacotas Community Irrigation System in Peru

Case
The Huaynacotas community is located in the province of La Union, Department of Arequipa, in the southern highlands of Peru.  The associated canal network spans elevations from 3,100 to 4,100 meters and encompasses a geographical area of 410 ha that consists of crops that are irrigated intensively (maize and other staples) and those that are rain-fed (potatoes and tubers).  The case study involves a three and a half year snapshot in time before 2001and catalogues an action situation involving...
09 Aug 2016