Munera, Catalina (2020) The Transformation of the Formal Institutions of Mangrove Usage in the Integrated Management District in the Bay of Cispata, Colombia. (Master thesis), Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, 81 pp.

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Abstract

The state and extension of the mangrove forests in Colombia has decreased rapidly over the past century due to anthropogenic interventions. But the mangroves in the Bay of Cispata, located in the Atlantic Coast, have increased in area in the last 50 years, and are used in a sustainable way. This has happened despite the fact that the communities in the area are the only ones in Colombia have legal harvesting permits for mangrove woods and have been commercializing it for decades.
To understand why and how sustainable use has been achieved in Cispata, the regulation of mangrove used was framed as a formal institution comprised of three pillars; legal regulation, forest management plans, and user associations. The main undertaking of this study was to track the transformation that have happened in the institution over the 30 years and to find patterns and mechanisms present by using the tools provided by Institutional Change Theory.
16 punctual instances of change were identified along the dimensions of authority, information gathering, permits and quotas, resource use configuration, and spatial coverage. These fit a pattern of evolutionary or incremental change (North 1991; Campbell 2004) and show evidence of three instances of path dependence.
The main contribution of this thesis is that it demonstrates the importance of the mangleros associations and the support to them provided by the environmental authority, the CVS. The sustainable use of this area is the product of 30 years of collaboration between these two institutions, who have found a balance between community livelihoods and mangrove conservation.
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1. Introduction
Over the past century, the mangroves in Colombia and the rest the world have suffered the consequences of anthropogenic actions and their area has been rapidly declining. But the mangrove coverage in the Bay of Cispata, located in the Atlantic coast of Colombia, has increased over the past three decades. This circumstance is particularly notable because it is the only area in the country where the environmental a

Document Type: Thesis supervision (Master thesis)
Thesis supervisor: Schlüter, Achim
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA3
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 14:11
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2021 22:17
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/4002

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