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Title (Primary) Ostrom’s governance principles and sustainable financing of fish reserves
Author Wiederkehr, C.; Berghöfer, A.; Otsuki, K.
Journal Human Ecology
Year 2019
Department CLE; UPOL
Volume 47
Issue 1
Page From 13
Page To 25
Language englisch
Keywords Community-based natural resource management; Co-management; Fish reserve; Commons governance; Conservation financing; Namibia
Abstract Previous studies on community-based natural resource management have repeatedly underlined the significance of the design principles for sustainable commons governance developed by Elinor Ostrom. In this paper, we apply the principles heuristically to the case of the Sikunga Channel Fish Protection Area (FPA), a recently established fish reserve in the Upper Zambezi in Namibia. Based on qualitative fieldwork including semi-structured household interviews, expert interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation, we assess the utility of Ostrom’s design principles as guidance for promoting sustainable fisheries co-management structures. Our results indicate that the lack of a sustainable financing mechanism is both a major source of resentments at Sikunga and the main obstacle for sound resource management, endangering the long-term effectiveness and social acceptance of the fish reserve.
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Wiederkehr, C., Berghöfer, A., Otsuki, K. (2019):
Ostrom’s governance principles and sustainable financing of fish reserves
Hum. Ecol. 47 (1), 13 - 25