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Adaptive Cross-scalar Governance of Natural Resources

1st Edition

Edited by Grenville Barnes, Brian Child


308 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Natural resource governance is critical for linking poverty reduction and sustainable natural resource use. This book brings together authors from various disciplines with extensive field experience to promote an integrative understanding of cross-scale and adaptive governance in Africa and Latin America. The authors make the case for reaching beyond decentralization to promote adaptive governance that serves local priorities, but through interactions with local, district, national and global governance structures. The book focuses on the governance of common pool resources such as forests, wildlife, water, carbon and pasture resources in both Africa and Latin America.

This book will appeal to development practitioners and scholars concerned about the conservation of natural resources and the sustainable development of communities. It synthesizes experience with the governance of different natural resources from a broad geographic perspective. It also provides theoretical and practical suggestions for taking adaptive natural resource governance forward, including participatory methods for measuring and monitoring governance.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction and Definition of Natural Resource Governance

1. Introduction

Grenville Barnes

2. Theory and Conceptual Foundations of Natural Resource Governance

Krister Andersson and Joanna Chan

Part 2: Property Rights and Natural Resource Governance

3. The Role and Dynamics of Property Rights in Natural Resource Governance

Grenville Barnes

4. Examining the Role of Property Rights and Forest Policy in Forest Governance: Lessons from Mexico, Bolivia, and Cameroon

Peter Cronkleton

Part 3: Global and National Scale Governance of Natural Resources

5. Perspectives on International Initiatives for the Governance of Natural Resources: Possibilities and Limitations

Malcolm Childress

6. National and Transnational Land Grabs in Africa: Implications for Local Resource Governance

James Murombedzi

7. Wildlife Governance in Africa

Ngeta Kabiri and Brian Child

Part 4: Meso Level and Cross-scalar Natural Resource Governance

8. Cross-scalar Governance and the Role of the Meso-level: The Case of the Okavango Delta Management Plan, Botswana

Lin Cassidy and Sekgowa Motsumi

9. Governing an Intangible Natural Resource: Experience from Two Pilot REDD Projects in Tanzania

Theron Morgan-Brown

10. Elite Capture: A Comparative Case Study of Meso-level Governance in Four Southern Africa Countries

Shylock Muyengwa, Brian Child and Rodgers Lubilo

Part 5: Measuring and Monitoring Governance

11. Using the Governance Dashboard to Measure, Understand and Change Micro-governance

Brian Child, Shylock Muyengwa, Rodgers Lubilo and Patricia Mupeta

12. Participatory Methods for Measuring and Monitoring Governance

Jennifer Arnold and Wendy-Lin Bartels

Part 6: Towards Participatory and Adaptive Governance

13. East African Pastoralism and the Governance of Grazing Land: Case Studies from Kenya

Kathleen Galvin, Robin S. Reid and Tyler A. Beeton

14. Conclusions

Grenville Barnes and Brian Child

About the Editors

Grenville Barnes is a Professor of Geomatics in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, USA.

Brian Child is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography