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Institutional Change, Power And Conflicts In The Management Of Common-Pool Resources In African Floodplain Ecosystems: An Introduction

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African floodplain wetlands are important regions for local livelihoods and are of special interest for conservation organisations such as the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Most of the time these areas become resource rich after the water recedes. These ecosystems are interesting because the inundation patterns in an otherwise semi-arid environment make them resource-rich pockets. This introductory section first gives an overview of African floodplains and then discusses basic theoretical issues regarding the management of the commons then leading to an overview of New Institutionalism and its application on the issue of the management of the commons this will then finally lead to a state of the art on institutional setting in floodplain areas. The final chapter then presents the hypothesis discussed in all the case studies. Logically, this chapter is followed by descriptions and conflict resolution mechanisms.

Keywords: African floodplain ecosystems; common-pool resources; conflicts; management; New Institutionalism; power; World Conservation Union (IUCN)



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