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On the Role of Refugia in Promoting Prudent Use of Biological Resources

Joshi, NV and Gadgil, Madhav (1991) On the Role of Refugia in Promoting Prudent Use of Biological Resources. In: Theoretical Population Biology, 40 (2). pp. 211-229.


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We explore a model of utilization in a premarket economy of a biological resource population by a social group which is the sole owner of the resource. The group is assumed to be motivated to derive as large a harvest as possible while at the same time attempting to keep the risk of extinction of the resource population at a low level. It is shown that this can most likely be achieved through total protection of the resource population in parts of its range set aside as refugia. Many primitive societies indeed follow this strategy, which deserves to be given more serious attention as a tool for the management of renewable resources.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Theoretical Population Biology
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: The copyright belongs to Elsevier.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 May 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/6540

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