Building an alliance on the commons

Nagendra, Harini and Ghate, Rucha (2019) Building an alliance on the commons. Ecology, Economy and Society - The INSEE Journal, 2 (2). pp. 121-124. ISSN 2581-6101

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India is facing several ecological, economic and social challenges related to the management of natural resources. These challenges are interconnected. Collective action on the management of commons can play a pivotal role in addressing such challenges. Well-managed commons such as rivers, tanks, grazing pastures, forests, woodlots and wetlands play an important role in mitigating poverty and distress migration through income generation and livelihood support for hundreds of millions of poor. Collective action can also help us address issues like cooperative management of farms and community restoration of ponds to name a few. In addressing global challenges like climate change, collective action is required at multiple levels. Instead of focusing on this positive role that the commons can play, we largely focus on narratives of the supposed ―tragedy of the commons‖, an idea borrowed from a western narrative popularized by Garret Hardin in the 1960s, which gained much currency in international circles.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Nagendra, Harini and Ghate, Rucha
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, Sustainability teaching, Environment and development
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics > Production > Sustainable development
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Full Text Status: Public
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