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Halting Degradation of Natural Resources: Is There a Role for Rural Communities?

Jean-Marie Baland and Jean-Philippe Platteau


This book focuses on the efficient and equitable management of local or village-level natural resources. It is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides an in-depth analysis on the optimal use of natural resources. It dwells on the “tragedy of the commons”, which attributes inefficient resource use to the absence of well-defined property rights. Non-cooperative game theory is used to examine the impact of human interactions on resource management, and discusses the implications of the privatisation of common property resources. In Part 2, the main lessons drawn from Part 1 are compared against e ... More

Keywords: natural resource management, village resources, local resources, privatisation of the commons, property regulation, non-cooperative game theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198290612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0198290616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Marie Baland, author
Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur

Jean-Philippe Platteau, author
Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur

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