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Common-pool resources, livelihoods, and resilience: Critical challenges for governance in Cambodia


  • Ratner, Blake D.


Common-pool resource management is a critical element in the interlocked challenges of food security, nutrition, poverty reduction, and environmental sustainability. This paper examines strategic policy choices and governance challenges facing Cambodia's forests and fisheries, the most economically important subsectors of agriculture that rely on common-pool resources. It then outlines policy priorities for institutional development to achieve improvements in implementing these goals. The core argument is that (1) policy support for community-based management in forestry and fisheries requires explicit prioritization to protect against threats from other types of private- and public-sector investment; and (2) the success of these initiatives depends on more systemic governance reforms that address issues of stakeholder representation, mechanisms of accountability, and institutional capacity.

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  • Ratner, Blake D., 2011. "Common-pool resources, livelihoods, and resilience: Critical challenges for governance in Cambodia," IFPRI discussion papers 1149, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1149

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    2. Ratner, Blake D. & Halpern, Guy & Kosal & Mam, 2011. "Catalyzing collective action to address natural resource conflict: Lessons from Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake," CAPRi working papers 103, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    3. Haftu Etsay & Shunji Oniki & Melaku Berhe & Teklay Negash, 2022. "The Watershed Communal Land Management and Livelihood of Rural Households in Kilte Awlaelo Woreda, Tigray Region, Ethiopia," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(20), pages 1-19, October.
    4. Ratner, B.D. & Burnley, C. & Mugisha, S. & Madzudzo, E. & Oeur, Il & Mam, K. & Rüttinger, L. & Chilufya, L. & Adriázola, P., 2014. "Dialogue to address the roots of resource competition: Lessons for policy and practice," Monographs, The WorldFish Center, number 40437, April.

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