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Natural resource institutions in transformation: the tragedy and glory of the private


Bichsel, C; Fokou, G; Ibraimova, A; Kasymov, U; Steimann, B; Thieme, S (2010). Natural resource institutions in transformation: the tragedy and glory of the private. In: Hurni, H; Wiesmann, U. Global change and sustainable development: a synthesis of regional experiences from research partnerships. Bern: NCCR North-South, 255-269.

Abstract

The present article focuses on continuity and change in natural resource institutions in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. Two main trends have characterised the management of water, agricultural land and pastures since the country became independent in 1991. First, while natural resources were collective and state-owned during the Soviet period, they are now being gradually pri- vatised and passed into individual or group ownership. Second, by contrast with central administration under the Soviet regime, after independence natural resource management has been and is increasingly being decentral- ised to the community level. We suggest that these processes have created a new concept of the ‘private’, defined as clearly assigned property rights as opposed to ‘commons’, and individual or group ownership as opposed to ‘public’ ownership. We attempt here to analyse how privatisation and decen- tralisation have created new property relations and new forms of natural resource governance. We conclude that these processes have yielded both favourable and unfavourable outcomes.

The present article focuses on continuity and change in natural resource institutions in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. Two main trends have characterised the management of water, agricultural land and pastures since the country became independent in 1991. First, while natural resources were collective and state-owned during the Soviet period, they are now being gradually pri- vatised and passed into individual or group ownership. Second, by contrast with central administration under the Soviet regime, after independence natural resource management has been and is increasingly being decentral- ised to the community level. We suggest that these processes have created a new concept of the ‘private’, defined as clearly assigned property rights as opposed to ‘commons’, and individual or group ownership as opposed to ‘public’ ownership. We attempt here to analyse how privatisation and decen- tralisation have created new property relations and new forms of natural resource governance. We conclude that these processes have yielded both favourable and unfavourable outcomes.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:20 Mar 2010 10:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:02
Publisher:NCCR North-South
Series Name:Perspectives / NCCR North-South
Number:5
ISBN:978-3-905835-13-7
Official URL:http://www.north-south.unibe.ch/
Related URLs:http://www.nccr-north-south.unibe.ch/document/document.asp?ID=6609&Context=NCCR&refTitle=the+NCCR+North-South&subcon=Pub&SearchText=*&SearchCategory=NCCR+North-South+Publications%3A+Books&submit=Search! (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-32758

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