When the Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 2009, it was huge boost for the study of Common Pool Resources (CPR) like fisheries, forests, grazing lands and water resources. It gave the field new relevance and injected a bolt of enthusiasm into studies of how rural communities all over the word use … Continue reading Managing Common Pool Resources Sustainably: It’s a matter of trust.
For the last 4 years I’ve been researching the Zambezi Teak forests of Western Zambia. Or what’s left of them. It’s a pretty depressing picture. I used Landsat satellite images from 1975 (these are the earliest images available) to measure the forests as they were in the early 1970s. It’s important to know that this … Continue reading The Zambezi Teak forests of Zambia: A tale of mismanagement.