Torres Guevara, Luz Elba, Schlüter, Achim ORCID: and Lopez, M.C. (2016) Collective action in a tropical estuarine lagoon: adapting Ostrom’s SES framework to Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. International Journal of the Commons, 10 (1). pp. 334-362. DOI

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The paper contributes to the social-ecological systems literature by
adapting and using Elinor Ostrom’s Social-Ecological System (SES) framework
in the context of a coastal ecosystem. We modified the SES framework in the
case of the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM), an estuarine lagoon in
the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The ecological importance of CGSM and its
species is undeniable. This paper aims to understand why collective action for
a sustainable use of CGSM’s fishery resources has not taken place. In order to
respond to that question, we created new variables within the social, economic,
and political settings of the SES framework. The results show that the fishers’ fear
of the indiscriminate and strong violence that illegal armed groups have inflicted
on them since the 1960s and the economic development in the Colombian
Caribbean region help explain the lack of collective action.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 1875-0281
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 11:25
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:59

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