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Workshop on Common Property Theory
Zonguene, Mozambique
July 20-24, 1999


Tuesday July 20, 1999

Opening Sessions

I. Ken Wilson--Introduction

II. Welcoming speeches by the Governor of Gaza Province, two District heads of
ministries, and a representative of the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture.

III. Introductions of workshop and conference participants

IV. Bonnie McCay--Introduction to the Workshop, CPR definitions, Schedule

V. Antonio Diegues, moderator--Session on Input, expectations, and backgrounds of
participants (9 foresters, 1 sociologist, 2 biologists, 1 agronomist, 1 geographer,
3 managers of natural resources, 1 economist)

Wednesday July 21

I. Bonnie McCay--History and research of CPRs since Hardin's article

II. Meg McKean--Collective action concepts, game theory, design principles.

III. Fikret Berkes--Game theory/prisoner's dilemma session


IV. Louise Fortmann--Science as narrative

V. Antonio Diegues -- Myth of Wilderness

VI. Charlotte Hess -- Information and Common Pool Resources

Thursday July 22, 1999

I. Meg McKean--Success and faulure of commons

II. Fikret Berkes -- Co-management


Visit to Sacred Forest of Chirinzene

Common Property Conference --Friday July 23, 1999

I. Celia Enosse--Fisheries on Bazaruto Island

II. Cremildo Rungo--Forest Management Plan with Evolvement of Community in Moribane

III. Marcelino Foloma--Participation of Communities in the Management of Natural Resources and the Benefits of that Participation at Tchuma Tchato

IV. Isilda Nhantumbo (and Eduardo Mansur)--Community-Based Natural Resource Management

V. Catarina Chidiamassamba--Report on Sustainability Projects

VI. Cesar Tique--Impact of Community Property on Natural Resource Management in Southern Mozambique

V. Breakout sessions into groups: Forestry, Policy & Law

Saturday July 24, 1999

I. Comments on issues identified in the conference papers by IASCP visitors

II. Closing Ceremony

A. Vice-Minister Helder Muteia

B. Summary of CPR theory learned --Pedro Mangue

C. Ken Wilson--wrap up and summary of comments

* Mozambique has healthy resources appropriate for co- management
* Mozambique has achieved remarkable accomplishments
* Importance of traditional institutions
* Need to create legal mechanisms for clear and secure property rights
* Dissemination of information at the local, regional, and national levels
* Need for cooperative institutions
* Need for increased and intentional information sharing

Problems identified:

* open access
* weakened traditions
* rural migration
* changing demands for fuel, food, sources of cash
* strong tradition of centralized authority and ownership
* high dependence on land and natural resources
* conflicting and insufficient property rights

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