Contractual governance in bottom-up nature conservation initiatives: A case study form the Province of West Papua (Indonesia)

Project: PhD

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Securing sustainability is a major issue faced by many organisations from global to local levels. Governing the commons (natural resources) sustainably, for instance in the form of nature conservation (NC), is a key contributor towards the securing of sustainability. Compliance with the rules is pivotal in processes of collective action, and trust is pivotal in understanding such compliance. Research has shown that traditional top-down establishment and maintenance of marine and terrestrial NC trigger resistance and distrust, and even outright opposition by people affected by such initiatives. Bottom-up, communitarian approaches are generally perceived by stakeholders as more legitimate, and overall have proven to be more effective. This study will explore whether and under which conditions a contractual network to the governance of such commons may be better suited to ensure compliance. A contractual network also involves the community, but works towards the establishment of a legally binding contract. The region of West Papua, Indonesia provides cases where bottom-up initiative are taking place, and contractual relationships have been established. Therefore, this region serves as an apt case study for this research project
Effective start/end date1/03/1825/11/22


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