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Ostrom on India and Nepal

In their commentary on Elinor Ostrom’s 2009 Nobel award, J Bandyopadhyay et al (7 November) provide an interesting discussion of Ostrom’s research on the governance of common property resources and its significance for scholars and planners in south Asia and India. It does not, however, provide an adequate representation of Ostrom’s seminal contributions to studies of forest commons in India and Nepal.

Elinor Ostrom has been instrumental in creating and maintaining what is perhaps the world’s longest running and largest data base on forests and institutions, the Inter national Forestry Resources and Insti tutions (IFRI) research programme. Initiated in 1992 at Indiana University, IFRI research centres are located across 11 countries, with two major nodes located in south Asia at the National Forestry Resources and Institutions in Kathmandu, and at SHODH: The Institute for Research and Development in Nagpur.

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