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Sharing natural resource management responsibility: Examining the New Zealand rock lobster co-management experience

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    Co-management, in which government and resource users share responsibility for managing a natural resource, is attracting considerable attention in both public policy and common pool resource research. However, little is understood about how this approach arises in a mature regulatory setting, or about its strengths and weaknesses. This study uses the experience of the New Zealand rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii and Sagmariasus verreauxi) industry to illustrate what co-management is and how it develops. This is followed by an assessment of co-management in this regime. Development of co-management is an evolutionary process that requires commitment from both government and industry. Strengthened property rights and management expertise provide the incentives and tools to develop a robust co-management regime. However the characteristics of the property rights bundle must be carefully matched to the regime’s biological, social, and regulatory setting. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLP 2006

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    Article provided by Springer & Society of Policy Sciences in its journal Policy Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 249-278

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:policy:v:39:y:2006:i:3:p:249-278
    DOI: 10.1007/s11077-006-9023-6
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