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Designing Sustainable Urban Futures

Marius Albiez
Gerhard Banse
Kenyon C. Lindeman
et al.

2. Research and Development Processes

Peri-Urban Villages of Bangalore, India

Reclaiming the Commons to Cope with Climate Stress and Unsustainable Resource Utilization Systems

Appakuttan Damodaran und Tanushree Haldar

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1 Backdrop

Mundur is a village spanning an area of 1,302 acres. This village is located towards the east of Bangalore, India, 26 km away from the city’s centre. Prior to the 1980s, the village had a historically diverse set of common property resources and common grazing grounds, water bodies and tree groves accounting for roughly 27% of the village’s geographic area. The village enjoys an average annual precipitation of about 720 mm and is vulnerable to periodic droughts. Traditionally, it was a symbiotic manlivestock relationship and a subsistence-based cropping system that had saved Mundur from the deprivation and impacts of droughts (cf. Damodaran 1993). The symbiotic relationship was enabled by a community-driven land use system that permitted the village livestock to be grazed in common grass lands during monsoons and water bodies during summer months and then over-harvested fields (belonging to farmers) during winter months. Thus, the grazing regimes available in the village i...


Professor Dr.; Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Economics & Social Sciences Area, Bangalore, India;

cand. PhD; Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bangalore, India;

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