Natural Resource Governance in Asia

Natural Resource Governance in Asia

From Collective Action to Resilience Thinking

1st Edition - April 28, 2021

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  • Editors: Raza Ullah, Shubhechchha Sharma, Inoue Makoto, Sobia Asghar, Ganesh Shivakoti
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323857291
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323897983

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Natural Resource Governance in Asia: From Collective Action to Resilience Thinking identifies key leverage points where interventions can be made surrounding current and future impacts of ongoing environmental and sociopolitical challenges. The book utilizes case studies from Asia, a key demographic for natural resource management, that can be applied globally in understanding solutions and the current state of knowledge in natural resource dynamics. Users will find valuable sections on community forestry and socioecological systems, community irrigation, competing water demand, robustness issues, climate change, and natural resource dynamics and challenges. This interdisciplinary tome on the topic is invaluable to researchers and policymakers alike.

Key Features

  • Combines collective action and resilience thinking to help readers understand complex issues and challenges in natural resource management
  • Presents methods and case studies to validate theory in practice
  • Includes up-to-date research applied to current issues to address both current and future risks and uncertainties


Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in environment, sustainability, ecology, and natural resource management (primary)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Managing Natural Resources in Asia: Challenges and Approaches

    Part 1:
    2. Decentralization of Forest Governance in Peninsular Malaysia: The Case of Peatland Swamp Forest in North Selangor
    3. Agroforestry Management Practices in relation with tenure security in Koto Tangah Sub-district, Padang, West Sumatera
    4. Evaluating the Rehabilitation Potential of Calliandra (Calliandra calothyrsus Meissn.) in Degraded Areas through Landscape Function Analysis in Manolo Fortich, Budiknon, Philippines
    5. Provincial Autonomy and Forest Management Unit (FMU) Legislation in Aceh Province, Indonesia: A Review of Regulatory Asynchronies
    6. Adaptive System's Coupling in the Development of Community Forest
    7. Evaluating Forest Rehabilitation Policies in Southeast Asia: A Case Study from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines
    8. Governance of Mangrove Ecosystems in Northern Vietnam with Consideration of Impacts of Sea-level Rise and Climate Change

    Part II: Community Irrigation and Robustness Challenges
    9. Trust and Cooperation in managing small-scale irrigation systems of Nepal
    10. An Institutional Analysis of Gundalav Lake Governance
    11. Complexity of property rights reformation in fishery resource governance in China
    12. Role of local institutions in irrigation management at the rural-urban interface in Thailand
    13. Diagnosing Multiple Disturbances to Irrigation Systems in Nepal
    14. Analysis of Water Management Institutions and Systems of Pakistan Using Key Debate, Controversies and Changing Future Landscapes
    15. Factors Affecting Farmer’s Choice of Tubewell Ownership in Punjab, Pakistan

    Part III: Climate Change, Natural Resources Dynamics and Land Use Challenges
    16. An Adaptive Framework for Follow-up of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
    17. Indigenous People in the Dynamics of Land Use Changes, Forest Fires and Haze in Riau Province, Indonesia
    18. Crop Insurance Purchase Decisions of Small-Scale Irrigation Farmers in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
    19. Environmental Regulations and Agricultural Product Trade: A case of Thailand
    20. Land Use Change, Climate Change and River basin Management: A Preliminary Study in the small river basin of Batang Paninggahan, West Sumatra, Indonesia
    21. Climate-induced water scarcity and the effectiveness of community-based water resource management
    22. Irrigation Water Management under Climate Change: Local Perceptions and Adaptation
    23. Theoretical Implication of Current Social Problems in Japan to the Studies of the Commons
    24. What will it take to make Indian cities Water Resilient? Case of Integrated Lake Basin Management at Indore
    25. Using System Archetypes to Understand Natural Resource Management Issues in Asia

Product details

  • No. of pages: 468
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: April 28, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323857291
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323897983

About the Editors

Raza Ullah

Raza Ullah is currently Assistant Professor at Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Agriculture Peshawar-Pakistan since receiving his PhD from the Asia Institute of Technology in Thailand. His experience extends from academia to corporate and NGOs, primarily working in food security. His research interests include risk assessment & management decision making under risk.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Shubhechchha Sharma

Shubhechchha Sharma is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Community Sustainability. She is also a C.S. Mott Pre-Doctoral fellow participating in an Ecological Food and Farming Systems Specialization. Her research interests are focused on climate change resilience, with an emphasis on natural resources and farming systems. She plans to study how multi-level and polycentric approaches in resource management improves community resilience. She has previously worked for the Hariyo Ban Program at WWF- Nepal, after receiving her Masters in Natural Resource Management. She is actively engaged with regional CBOs and NGOs, helping in implementing and assessing initiatives in relation to biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral Student, Department of Community Sustainability, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Inoue Makoto

Inoue Makoto is a Professor of Environmental Sociology at Waseda University. Makoto Inoue's specialty is environmental sociology, forest governance, and area studies on Kalimantan. His career dates back to the late 1980s when he carried out three-year field work in East Kalimantan where he shared invaluable time and experience with indigenous people, especially the Kenyah ethnic people. Recently he co-edited two books on forest governance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Environmental Sociology, Waseda University, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Sobia Asghar

Sobia Asghar is serving as a faculty member in the Environmental Economics department in Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. Sobia previously worked as a researcher for the Ostrom Center for the Advanced Studies in Natural Resources Governance (OCeAN) at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Sobia’s research interests include irrigation demand management, groundwater irrigation efficiency, irrigation systems and institutions, economic efficiency in agricultural production, climate change and water scarcity.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty Member, Environmental Economics Department, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan; Postdoctoral fellow, Pakhtunkhwa Economic Policy Research Institute, Pakistan

Ganesh Shivakoti

Ganesh Shivakoti is the founder and director of Ostrom Center for Study of Natural Resources Governance (OCeAN) at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). He is an Adjunct Professor in the Agricultural Systems and Engineering and Natural Resources Management Field of Study at School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), (AIT). He is also Visiting Professor at School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU). He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal papers and edited and authored 12 books. His latest 2017 four edited volumes on “Redefining Diversity and Dynamics on Natural Resources Management in Asia” from Elsevier dedicated to Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, are based on long-term academic collaboration in enhancing academic capacity of regional universities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam on the issues related to natural resources governance and management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, Agricultural Systems and Engineering and Natural Resources Management Field of Staudy, School of Environmental, Resources and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani, Thailand

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