This institutional study forms part of a wider research project, the purpose of which is to identify ecological and institutional criteria for the selection and beneficial use of harvest reserves in tropical artisanal fisheries; and develop guidelines for their co-management in Indonesia. This report details institutional results from two Indonesian Provinces (Jambi and Sumsel). The institutional survey was undertaken to investigate the process of management. The main objectives of this study therefore were: (1) to establish to what extent rules designed (by government and / or local decisionmakers) to govern resource use, were (a) put in place, and (b) complied with, by resource users (and local decision-makers). This included looking at general fisheries management regulations as well as those specific to the set up and maintenance of harvest reserves; (2) to investigate how the institutional characteristics of the situation (as well as characteristics of the communities and the resources themselves) may have affected local decision-makers and resource-user communities' capacity and willingness to invest in supplying new institutions and complying with them. A case study based approach was used for this study. Four sites, linked to 4 villages, were investigated over a period of three weeks (August 1st - August 21st, 1999). Two of these were in Jambi Province and two in Sumsel Province.
Fisheries Management Science Programme, Department for International Development, London, UK, 23 pp.