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Toward institutions for community-based management of inshore marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean


  • Cinner, Joshua E.
  • Wamukota, Andrew
  • Randriamahazo, Herilala
  • Rabearisoa, Ando


This paper examines the frameworks being developed to co-manage coral reefs in Kenya and Madagascar. The historical and social context, flexibility of rule-making, monitoring and enforcement, and how community-based organizations are nested within other organizations is described. A comparison of the degree to which these two frameworks contain 10 key design principles thought to be important for successful commons institutions is presented. Finally, recommendations are made for improving co-management in these countries. A principal finding is that both co-management frameworks were developed for other systems (terrestrial and lakes), which creates misfits for how marine systems can be managed.

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  • Cinner, Joshua E. & Wamukota, Andrew & Randriamahazo, Herilala & Rabearisoa, Ando, 2009. "Toward institutions for community-based management of inshore marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 489-496, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:33:y:2009:i:3:p:489-496

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