is a Common Pool Resource?
is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best
interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons"
In fact, the majority of common pool resources have a defined set of users and a management system in place. In most cases these resources are only open to those having historical rights through kinship or community membership and they are generally protective of these resources (Dasgupta, 1996). Over-exploitation occurs when the management system breaks down allowing free riders to ignore the rights of other individuals.
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