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  • Rural common property resources represent thehistorically evolved institutional arrangements made bycommunities in dry regions (in the present case) toguard against the vulnerabilities and risks created by thebiophysical and environmental circumstancescharacteristic of these areas. Despite their valuablecontributions, CPRS are faced with decline in terms of bothextent as well as contribution to the people, andtherefore consequent neglect by the communities. Thispaper looks into the process of this negative change, andattributes the same to public policies, market forces andpopulation growth (accentuating land hunger) alongwith the disintegration of traditional collectiveapproaches of communities to maintain CPRS ascommunity assets

publication date

  • 2012