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The term commons is most frequently used to refer to those natural resources that are held in common by a community.

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Peer-reviewed publication
February 2021
Australia
Belgium
Canada
United States of America

Communal forests are a unique land tenure system and comprise a singular legal category in Galicia. Their persistence over time demonstrates that this community-owned resource has overcome the “tragedy of the commons”, showing their capability to successfully develop self-governing institutions. However, communal forests have rarely been studied through the lens of economics.

On Equal Ground: Promising Practices for Realizing Women’s Rights in Collectively Held Lands
Reports & Research
February 2021
Africa
Mexico
Indonesia

Sustainable land governance requires that all members of a community, both women and men, have equal rights and say in decisions that affect their collectively-held lands. Unfortunately, women around the world have less land ownership and weaker land rights than men – but this can change, and this report shows ways how that can be done.

On Equal Ground: Promising Practices for Realizing Women’s Rights in Collectively Held Lands
Reports & Research
February 2021
Africa
Mexico
Indonesia

La gobernanza sostenible de la tierra requiere que todos los miembros de una comunidad, tanto mujeres como hombres, tengan los mismos derechos y voz en las decisiones que afectan a sus tierras de propiedad colectiva.

January 2021
Global

Kenya’s constitution of 2010 provides for recognition, protection, and registration of community land. This is significant because it recognizes customary tenure after decades of historical bias towards private property and brings to the fore the uniqueness of the African commons. We revisit the debate on managing communal land by reviewing the process of implementation of the Community Land.

January 2021
Spain

Les politiques foncières au Maroc étaient impuissantes à surmonter les contraintes au développement durable, en particulier celles liées au dualisme des statuts fonciers, à la structure de la propriété et aux modes d’accès et d’exploitation des terres.

January 2021
Indonesia

In the midst of global change uncertainties, Indonesian spatial planning authorities are developing 20-year strategies. However, the lack of collaborative engagement of stakeholders and unclear methodology around using futures studies in addressing land management undermine such plans and affect environmental governance.

January 2021
Madagascar

A lack of information about the living customary systems that manage commons in Madagascar hampers efforts to identify the levels at which collectivities charged with allocating land and enforcing land claims should receive legal recognition.

January 2021
Global

Crop genetic resources constitute a ‘new’ global commons, characterized by multiple layers of activities of farmers, genebanks, public and private research and development organizations, and regulatory agencies operating from local to global levels.

Peer-reviewed publication
December 2020
Mongolia

Local commons are underutilized in resource management models, thus limiting the effectiveness of the commons concept. This study examined the actual situation of the local commons in Altanbulag soum, a suburb of Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia, where land degradation is a concern, using the case study method. Interviews using semi-structured questionnaires were conducted with pastoralists.

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Peer-reviewed publication
November 2020
Trinidad and Tobago
Brazil
United States of America
Spain
Belgium

The Franks Tract State Recreation Area (Franks Tract) is an example of a complex contemporary park mired in ecological and socio-political contestation of what it is and should be.

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