Common Property Resources form an integral component of rural way of life in India. Comprising of natural resources like wetlands, forests, pasturelands etc., these systems are commonly owned and utilized. Often, they are core to sustenance of the village community. However, since the advent of development, these common resources are being largely neglected and are facing constant degradation. With climate change threatening to impact the known way of human life, especially in remote and fragile landscapes, it is critical that efforts are made to sensitize the masses about the perils of neglecting common property resources and finding local solutions.
In this blog, Aditi Sharan, reflects on why community ownership, accountability towards common property resources should be central to resilience building. The blog shares the impacts and outreach of an awareness campaign undertaken in Bhachau block of Kutch, Gujarat, wherein 900 people participated. The campaign also highlighted the plight of pastoralists and their iconic species – Kharia camels which depend on the mangroves in the region.