Social Capital, Institutions and Natural Resource Management: Yet Another "Missing Link"?

By Anne Gry Rønningen.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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How to achieve sustainable natural resource management (SNRM) has been a question that has concerned scholars and policy makers for decades. The SNRM literature has been heavily influenced by the theories on collective action and common pool resources. While much attention has been placed to the role of formal institutions in both theory and policy, informal institutions, and especially the way that formal and informal institutions interact, has
remained at the margins. By using land tenure reforms in Burkina Faso as an example, the aim of the paper is to take a closer look at the institutional approach to SNRM and discuss how the interaction of informal and formal
institutions might affect a community’s ability to cooperate over common pool resources.

Keywords: Social Capital, Natural Resource Management, Informal and Formal Institutions

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.47-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 547.265KB).

Anne Gry Rønningen

PhD fellow, Faculty of Social science, Department of Public Policy, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Currently a PhD fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark, doing research on the topic social capital and its impact on natural resource management in West Africa. Holds a Master in Human Geography from the University of Oslo, Norway. Have done previous studies on water management in post-Soviet Central Asia.


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