The Challenges of Achieving Conservation and Development
The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, Volume IV, 2011-2012
8 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2012
Date Written: 2011
In this keynote address prepared for the Miller Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations at Beloit College, Elinor Ostrom discusses the tools that she and her colleagues have developed to assess the likelihood of a particular social-ecological system (SES) — a common pool resource situated within a particular ecological, economic, and political environment — has for generating patterns of robust governance and sustainable development. Ostrom cautions that even though they have identified general principles of robust self-governance and CPR management, their research paradigm offers no panacea. Every SES requires its own multidisciplinary analysis. The analytic tools Ostrom describes do not prescribe solutions, but instead provide the research team a framework that ensures that the right questions are being asked.
Keywords: economics, ecology, conservation, development, economic development
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