Role of Institutions and Organizations for the Sustainable Management of Forest and Pasture as Common Property Resources in Nepal: An Overview of the Indigenous and Traditional Practices

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  • Laya Prasad Uprety Associate Professor in Anthropology at the Tribhuvan University

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https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v2i0.1357

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Institution, organization, indigenous, traditional, common property, sustainable, social equity, participation

Abstract

This is an overview paper based on the contemporary literature available in the regime of forest and pasture as common property resources. The analysis has underscored the role of local institutions and organizations for the sustainable management of forest and pasture as common property resources. The paper concludes that farmers of Nepal have developed and used the organizational and institutional mechanisms for the sustained management of these resources by ensuring social equity. Understanding the ingredients of indigenous resource management systems can have a bearing on developing appropriate national policies aiming at ensuring the sustainability of the future programs of Nepal.

Key Words: Institution, organization, indigenous, traditional, common property, sustainable, social equity, participation, etc.

DOI = 10.3126/dsaj.v2i0.1357

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol.2 pp.31-64

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Laya Prasad Uprety, Associate Professor in Anthropology at the Tribhuvan University

Uprety, Laya Prasad is the Reader in Anthropology at the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, University Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur. He holds M.A. in Anthropology (1984) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and M.S. in Social Development (1989) from Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. He has earned Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2006. The title of his doctoral thesis is “Managing Water for Irrigation as a Common Property Resource: A Case Study of Sorah-Chhattis Mauja Indigenous Irrigation Systems of Rupandehi District, Nepal”. He is the co-author of three books, namely, Critical Webs of Power and Change: A Resource Pack for Planning, Reflection and Learning from People-Centered Advocacy (2005), Seasonal Agricultural Labor Migration from India to Nepal Terai (2000), and The Social Dynamics of Deforestation: A Case Study from Nepal (1996). He has also co-edited Occasional Papers in Sociology/Anthropology (Vols. 6, 7 and 10) published by the Central Department of Sociology /Anthropology, Kirtipur. He has published numerous research articles in the academic/professional journals, seminar proceedings and edited books. He has worked as a free-lance consultant in multi-lateral, bilateral and international non-governmental organizations, agencies of the United Nation Organization and national consultancy firms and has conducted a large number of development-oriented studies since 1985. His foci of academic and professional researches have been on Common Property Resource Management and Anthropology of Development.
E-mail: layaup@mos.com.np

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Uprety, L. P. (2008). Role of Institutions and Organizations for the Sustainable Management of Forest and Pasture as Common Property Resources in Nepal: An Overview of the Indigenous and Traditional Practices. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 2, 31–64. https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v2i0.1357

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