Locating Tropical Biodiversity Conservation Amid Weak Institutions

Cornell ARME Department Working Paper No. 99-21

15 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 1999

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Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Katrina Brandon

University of Maryland

Clark Gibson

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Heidi Gjertsen

Cornell University

Date Written: August 1999

Abstract

In this paper, we address the broad question of where to locate authority for tropical biodiversity conservation. In so doing, we advance four claims. First, the current fashion for CBNRM overreaches the indisputable place of local communities in tropical conservation efforts. An unfortunate irony of the current celebration of local authority is that it facilitates the abdication of global responsibility. Second, given variability in scale and institutional capability, hybrid designs involving multiple layers of nested institutions offer the most promise. Third, the greatest challenge to implementing such designs is the (often growing) weakness of existing tropical institutions at all levels. Fourth, rehabilitating such institutions, facilitating ongoing coordination among them, and introducing new institutional forms appropriate to particular conservation challenges will require, at both international and national levels, significant policy reorientations and greater commitments of financial and technical assistance.

JEL Classification: Q2, O1

Suggested Citation

Barrett, Christopher B. and Brandon, Katrina and Gibson, Clark C. and Gjertsen, Heidi, Locating Tropical Biodiversity Conservation Amid Weak Institutions (August 1999). Cornell ARME Department Working Paper No. 99-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=185375 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.185375

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Katrina Brandon

University of Maryland

Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology
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Clark C. Gibson

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Heidi Gjertsen

Cornell University ( email )

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