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
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.
There is a protocol for this review
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.