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Intra-village and inter-village resource use conflict in Indonesia: The case of the Kei Islands


Yamazaki, S and Resosudarmo, BP and Girsang, W and Hoshino, E, Intra-village and inter-village resource use conflict in Indonesia: The case of the Kei Islands, Ocean & Coastal Management, 155 pp. 50-59. ISSN 0964-5691 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.01.022


Resolving local resource conflicts in rural coastal communities is important for the implementation of effective resource management systems and development policies. This article examines the characteristics of small-scale fishing households that are prone to be involved in resource use conflict with other local marine resource users based on the data collected by a household survey in Indonesia. Intra-village and inter-village conflicts are examined separately. We find that social relationships and individual perceptions of changes in fishery conditions are strongly associated with both intra- and inter-village conflicts but in a different way for each type of conflict. Our results show that unintended consequences may arise from improving a social relationship between fishery users and their village leader. The improved social relationship discourages intra-village conflict but at the same time increases inter-village conflicts, thus creating a potential dilemma in conflict resolution. Our results also suggest that a perception of declining fishery conditions is correlated with an increase in inter-village conflicts when there is a perceived link between resource depletion and an increase in the benefits obtained by outsiders. Conversely, a decrease in the amount of resources available for exploitation may decrease intra-village conflict when in-group cooperation is needed to combat the declining environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine resource conflict, local conflict, small-scale fisheries, rural coastal communities, Indonesia
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Yamazaki, S (Dr Satoshi Yamazaki)
UTAS Author:Hoshino, E (Dr Eriko Hoshino)
ID Code:124033
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2018-02-06
Last Modified:2021-07-06

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