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Conserving Tropical Biodiversity amid Weak Institutions

Barrett, Christopher , Brandon, Katrina , Gibson, Clark , Guertsen, Heidi

Conserving Tropical Biodiversity amid Weak Institutions

The authors believe that the community based model of NRM, as a reaction to the failed top down (central government) model, needs reconsideration. There needs to be a much more refined view of the institutional landscape and the strenghts of different organisational types. The article makes 4 claims: 1) the current approach to NRM overspmphsizes the community; 2) economic and biophysical scale issues argue for the involvement of multiple organizations; 3) there are weak institutions at all levels; and 4) support is needed from international and national actors. The article brings up the useful notions of opportunity costs, transaction costs and comparative advantage.

Jon Anderson
IRG/Engility
Feb 14, 2013 12:00 AM
BioScience
Journal article
 
Global
Built capacity and invested in human resources - [Critical]
Promoted or developed economic strategies for natural resource management - [Critical]
Invested in local organizations - [Critical]
Natural resource authority and functions distribution - [Critical]
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Governance/empowerment - [Yes]
Governance - [External or structural policies that influenced success or failure]
Lessons learned (Cautionary Tale)
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