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  • Managing commons: common and individual interests in timber [Elektronski vir] : pilot test of a forest game in the Agrarian Common Ravnik-Orlovše, Slovenia
    Premrl, Tine ...
    Commons are type of properties that are collectively owned by commons' members. Commons members traditionally originate from nearby settlements in rural areas and hold ideal shares of property. ... Commons are managed by common rules, a result of long-term experience in steering between member's rights and duties on one side and the sustainability of a common pool resource, on the other side. The main decision-making body is the assembly of members which takes place once a year. It adopts an annual management strategy which represents a political decision made by a majority of the members. Every four years there is an election assembly where the management committee is elected with the aim of taking day-to-day decisions. Authors of this article studied the case of Agrarian Common Ravnik-Orlovše. The focus of their research was how individual members' tendencies correspond with the interests of the common policy on managing the timber of common forest, here understood as a common pool resource. The aim was to test co-operation readiness among members in the process of managing their common resources. Their overcoming of individual personal interests and benefits was examined by three methods, economic experiment, inquiry and interviews. A Forest Game was tested as a policy and economics experiment tool. Selected members of the common played the forest game according to different scenarios, described in the literature, mimicking real forest management decisions in a forest common. Further data were gathered by an inquiry and open end interviews with participants of the Forest Game. Our test proved to be structured properly as results gathered by all three used methods correspond. The decision making process reveal a social responsible character, developed through history in regular face to face communication with low transaction costs. Results of the pilot test will be presented and discussed in the framework of Agrarina Common Ravnik-Orlovše. Our approach is an example of linking the details of decision-making processes with the long-term evolution of forest management.
    Type of material - conference contribution
    Publish date - 2011
    Language - english
    COBISS.SI-ID - 1472358