Property rights to natural resources are at the centre of contemporary development policy. Governments around the world are in the process of creating, formalising or modifying property rights to natural resources. Property reforms not only include land reforms, but also extend to forests and fisheries.These reforms raise the question of how the implementation of access controls or changes in property regimes affect the sustainability, pro-poorness and profitability of natural resource use.
This review sets out to take a fresh look and to generate sound evidence on the relationship between property regime and resource use in the use of renewable natural resources (RNRs). Its seeks to make a novel contribution to the existing large body of research on the topic by (a) assessing the available knowledge in a systematic fashion and (b) focusing on studies involving direct comparisons between different access regimes and reporting key outcomes. The review will focus on two fields, where property reforms have received much attention in policy and research: forestry and fisheries.
Hellebrandt, D.; Sikor, T.; Hooper, L. Rigorous Literature Review. Is the use of renewable natural resources in the developing world more or less sustainable, propoor and profitable under controlled access compared to open access? International Development UEA &#8211; DEVCo, Norwich, UK (2012) 98 pp.