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Common Property Theory Workshop and Conference

The objective of the workshop/conference was to introduce more broadly in Mozambique common property theory and its application in the areas of forestry, wildlife and fisheries. About forty Mozmabicans from universities and research institutes, government agencies, and community-based resource management programs participated in the five-day event.

Members of the Center for Forestry Research (CEF), Maputo, felt that bringing IASCP to Mozmabique would assist a wide range of policy formulation and program implementation activities. The participating Mozambicans also hoped that this interchange would strengthen the understanding of the outside world of their situation, as well as their challenges and achievements. The organizers of this ambitious undertaking were Henrique Massango, Guilhermina Kumagwelo, and Eulalia Macome. The event was funded by the Ford Foundation. Ken Wilson, Program Director for Southern Africa for Ford, served as primary mentor, consultant, liaison, and translator for all the groups involved.

The program consisted of three types of activities: A Workshop and a Conference and Field Visits. The workshop/conference was held at Zonguene Lodge, an ecotourism resort at the mouth of the Limpopo River on the Indian Ocean. Opening ceremonies began in the afternoon of July 20th with welcoming speeches by the Governor of Gaza Province, two District heads of ministries, a representative of the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture, and Ken Wilson. Bonnie McCay then gave a short introductory talk on behalf of the IASCP group. Antonio Carlos Diegues, an IASCP board member from Sao Paulo concluded the first day with a session with introductions and discussions about the expectations of the participants. McCay's talk was mostly n English, with all the others in Portuguese. Wilson translated both directions.

During the following day and a half workshop, the IASCP representatives gave presentations on the salient tenets of CPR Theory. (See Presentations). A collection of core readings were circulated to the Mozambicans in advance. (See Core Readings). The presenters prepared handouts for their individual sessions and drafted a glossary of CPR definitions. (See Useful Definitions section). On day two, the IASCP visitors gave presentations using examples from around the world to explain how policy makers and projects have applied or try to apply the theory to actual resource management/conflict situations, and with what results

The workshop ended on noon on Thursday, July 22. The Conference with the Mozambican presentation began promptly after lunch.(See Presentations). Their papers covered case studies and empirical research in various resource sectors throughout the country. The IASCP participants then served as commentators and discussants. The closing ceremony took place on Saturday afternoon, July 24, with summary remarks by Mozambican participants and words of appreciation from the IASCP group (See Kannimambo Song). The Vice-Minister of Agriculture for Forestry and Wildlife officially closed the workshop/conference with a delivery to the group in front of television cameras. Many had felt that the intellectual exchange during the week had been a very valuable experience. (See Evaluations).

During the first week, the groups made two field trips: to the Sand Forest Community of Tanga and to the Sacred Forest of Chirindzene. (See Schedule and Photos). On Sunday, July 25th, three IASCP members (Bonnie McCay, Meg McKean, and Charlotte Hess) were accompanied by CEF colleagues on an extended field trip to the miombo woodland forests of west central Mozambique. They visited communities at Moribane, Chimanimani, and Nhaedze. They also made stops in Chimoio and Beira. (See Photos under the Schedule section) Fikret Berkes took a field trip to Bazaruto Island to visit various fisheries.

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