Research on socio-economic and organizational developments in social forestry enterprises in Mexico and the contributions of community-based natural resource management to environmental conservation

Community-based enterprises and the commons: The case of San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Mexico

We found that by starting from the community-based and indigenous enterprise literature and using that literature to engage with thinking on commons, it was possible to consider the enterprise from the perspective of a regulatory framework rather than from the poles of dependency and modernization theories in which much commons work has been based. We also found that there were a number of necessary conditions for commons-based community-enterprises to retain internal and external legitimacy, namely: (1) leadership representative of the broad social mission rooted in the customary institutions, values and norms of the community; (2) accountability of enterprise leaders to the memberships they represent; and (3) a close adherence to the political goals of the community as a whole.

Our goal was to utilize this framework to analyze the San Juan Forest Enterprise and understand its emergence and formation as a long-standing community-based enterprise that intersects with a commons, and thereby identify factors that increase chances of success for community enterprises. We draw upon the transcripts of 40 interviews undertaken during 2006 which are analyzed using a framework developed from the social, community-based and indigenous enterprise literature. Commons scholarship has tended to focus on the administration and use of commons. In this paper, we consider Nuevo San Juan, a Mexican case that is well known in the community forestry and commons literature…

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Community-based enterprises and the commons: the case of San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Mexico

International Journal of the Commons

Role of linkages and diversity of partnerships in a Mexican community-based forest enterprise

This article explores and the pervasiveness and importance of various types of institutional and organizational interactions across multiple levels for the management of a community forest enterprise. These diverse partnerships and interactions enabled robust institutional structures, making possible the development of linkages to help conserve the resource base and create grassroots socio-economic development for the comuneros. Research limitations/implications – Further understanding of the importance of partnerships and linkages for the development and maintenance of community-based initiatives will require the analysis of, and comparison between, several long-standing case studies.

Findings – SJN enterprise had linkages with some 22 major partners over the years across four levels of organization: local, state, federal, and international. By presenting and discussing the main community-based development strategy within the overall socio-political context and achievements of the case, the authors attempt to understand the complexity of cross-scale institutional and organizational linkages and their role in sustainable resource management. Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyzes a long-standing case in Michoaca ´n, Mexico, the San Juan Nuevo (SJN) enterprise, a community-based system with a multiplicity of actors, objectives, and partners.

The figures below shows the representation of some important cross-scale linkages in the community-based resource management system of Nuevo San Juan and the emergence and evolution of linkages across time in the community and the enterprise respectively…




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Role of linkages and diversity of partnerships in a Mexican community-based forest enterprise

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