Consensus Building for
Community-based management of natural resources or common pool resources has become a common strategy for improving resource management and empowering local communities in the past two decades. This is based on such concepts as co-management, use of local knowledge, recognition of local institutions and establishment of common property regimes. Although there has been a focus on design principles for community management institutions and on identifying factors linked with sustainable common property regimes and institutions, there is also a question of how best to initiate such regimes and what participatory planning methods to use.
This paper presents a methodology for building consensus among diverse stakeholders for sustainable management of common resources. Consensus building is expected to identify win-win options, that take into account the interests of different stakeholders, and if implemented, would improve the condition of the resource base and lives of users.
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