Managing the Global Commons: Climate Change and other Challenges

This sub-theme may cover topics such as:

  • What impact would (climate change) instruments like Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) have on local common resources, rights of local communities and local governance arrangements? Concerns that could be articulated for the post-Kyoto discussions?
  • What have been the lessons and principles learnt in managing local Commons that could be translated and extrapolated to manage global Commons such as air, oceans, climate so as to demonstrate the importance of collective action and ecological resilience. What are the challenges in making these options socially and politically acceptable?
  • What are the strategies to counter the influence of climate change associated occurrences, such as floods, droughts, heat waves and windstorms across states and countries? What are the successful arrangements at local, national and regional levels for the governance of transnational resources like rivers, mountain systems etc. that could be extended to policy discussions on inter-governmental responsibilities to address climate change?
  • What means have been effective to get indigenous and CPR voices into international discussions on the CDM, CBD, prototype carbon markets, biofuels, etc;
  • What is the emerging architecture of global environmental governance and what are the implications for governance of common properties at local, regional and national scales?