Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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Oyster communities, Florida, USA

Case
The Florida oyster fishing communities are located on the Florida “panhandle” with approximately 300 kilometers of coastline on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The case study states that this is an open-access fishery but includes a limited amount of historic data on the development of community based norms and institutions for managing the fishery over time and compares them to those used in the Louisiana oyster fishing community (see related cases below). No information is provided...
09 Aug 2016

Overlapping institutions and their impact in the conservation of the Orinoco River Strategic Ecosystems

Case
Sustainability
11 Mar 2020

OpenABM: Agent-based model database

Case
OpenABM is a node in the CoMSES Network, providing a growing collection of tutorials and FAQs on agent-based modeling, a model library intended to provide a locus for authors and modelers to share their models, and forums for modeling-related discussions and job postings.You can find OpenABM here: www.openabm.org.
14 Jul 2017

Open Access Publishing

Case
Open access publishing is located on the world wide web, accessible anywhere where there is both internet access and a capable computer. Open access publishing is directly related to the digital knowledge commons, which started with the advent of the Internet around the 1950s and spans into present day and catalogues an action situation of over 3 billion people who have active access to the internet. The resource unit is peer-reviewed scholarly information or “high quality” information. The...
09 Aug 2016

Obara pond irrigation system, Niiike Buraku, Okayama Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan

Case
The resource appropriated from Obara Pond is water for irrigation, and the case takes place in the settlement of Niiike Buraku on the coastal plain of Okayama Prefecture in the Honshu island of Japan. This irrigation system is comprised of a pond a little more than two acres in area, as well as the ditches that lead water to 10 acres of farmland. At the beginning of the period, there was an apparently balanced supply of biological and physical resources withdrawn compared to the number of...
09 Aug 2016

Oaig-Daya irrigation system, Oaig-Daya and Parioc barrios, Candon municipality, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Case
The resource appropriated from Oaig-Daya Irrigation System is water for irrigation, and the system consists of canals that deliver water from the Oaig-Daya Creek to the nearby farmlands in the neighboring barrios of Oaig-Daya and Parioc of the municipality Candon in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. There are 51-100 total appropriator teams appropriating from the resource. At the beginning of the period, there was an apparently balanced supply of biological and physical resources withdrawn compared to...
09 Aug 2016

Nyamaropa Communal Area, Nyanga District, Zimbabwe

Case
The Nyamaropa communal area encompasses a total of five villages located in the Nyanga District in Zimbabwe.  Beyond individual homestead plots and fields, the communities have access rights to an unspecified acreage of grazing/woodland commons that consist of miombo woodlands on mountain and hill slopes and Terminalia-Combretum vegetation in the lowlands.  The time period examined involves a snapshot in time in approximately the late 1990s and is based on the author’s personal observations,...
09 Aug 2016

NGO-facilitated community irrigation system in Kasungu district, Malawi

Case
The exact location of the Malawi irrigation system is undisclosed due to anonymity concerns.  However, it is generally located in the administrative district of Kasungu in central Malawi and encompasses an unknown geographical area.  The case study involves a snapshot in time from approximately 2001/2002 to 2007 and catalogues an action situation involving seven villages organized in an unknown number of households.  The villagers initially farmed their fields independently until a non-...
09 Aug 2016

Newfoundland Inshore Cod Trap Fisheries, Canada

Case
The inshore cod trap fisheries discussed in this case are primarily located along the eastern and north shores of Newfoundland, Canada, encompassing an unknown geographical area.  The case study discusses the development of community-based institutions over time and then compares this with larger scale policy development for offshore fishing and economic development which lead to the demise of the community-based inshore fishery institutions after 1960.   This case is detailed in Chapter 14 of...
09 Aug 2016

New Kingdom Egyptian Agriculture

Case
Situated in the Nile Valley from Aswan to the Mediterranean, New Kingdom Egypt (c.1550-1050 B.C.) had an agrarian economy - almost entirely dependent on agriculture for subsistence. Because the climate was too dry for rain-fed farming, all agriculture was restricted to the narrow Nile Valley floodplain. However, due to spatio-temporal fluctuations in Nile flood levels, the amount of water (and thus arable land) in New Kingdom Egypt could also fluctuate greatly. In order to mitigate the risks...
09 Aug 2016

Nazareno-Gamutan communal irrigation system

Case
The Nazareno-Gamutan system is a communal irrigation system that appropriates water for rice cultivation in Misamis Occidental Province, Philippines. It is composed of canals that deliver water from the Langaran River and the Dokaling Creek to roughly 1200 hectares of nearby farmlands within the municipality of Plaridel. There are an estimated 2500 rice farmers who appropriate water from the system. The communal Nazareno Gamutan Irrigation System (NGIS), owned by Nazareno Gamutan Agricultural...
09 Aug 2016

Nayband irrigation system

Case
The Nayband Irrigation system is located in The province of Khorasan in north eastern Iran. The original case was reported in 1971 and 1972, and catalogues an action situation involving approximately 80 agricultural related families. The resource appropriated related to the social dilemma is water for irrigation, which is delivered by canals.This case study is part of the original Common-Pool Resource (CPR) database. A summary of the original CPR coding conducted in the 1980s by Edella Schlager...
09 Aug 2016

Naya Dhara Ko Kulo (Kot Village Panchayat), Sindhu Palchok district, Nepal

Case
This case study is part of the original Common-Pool Resource (CPR) database developed in the 1980's by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University. A summary of the original CPR coding conducted in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University may be found under the CPR tab in the Institutional Analysis section below. This case is also part of the original Nepal Irrigation Institutions and Systems (NIIS) database developed in the 1980's by a team of...
09 Aug 2016

Nam Tan Irrigation Project

Case
The Nam Tam watershed is located in the Sainyabuli Province of western Laos. The Nam Tan Irrigation Project dammed the river in the late 1960's and downstream rice agriculture in a 2000 hectare area of the Muong Phieng Valley shifted from an indigenous to bureaucratic irrigation system. Initial success of the Project was attributed to the adaptation of the "water headman," a traditional irrigation leadership role, in the formal structure of the Project.This case was part of the original CPR...
09 Aug 2016

Nae Pae and Muang Mai Irrigation Systems

Case
Fai Muang Mai is one of three irrigation systems along the Mae Klang River in the Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Muang Mai is the most upstream of the Mae Klang River irrigation systems and provides irrigation to 800 hectares of riceland and orchards through a weir and canal network. The system is managed and maintained by an irrigation organization known as Mu Muang Mai, composed of farmers within the command area. The original case includes a comparative analysis of two traditional irrigation...
09 Aug 2016