Commons

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Commons are collectively owned resources, collaboratively managed by their co-users under formal or informal governance systems. They forms management institutions that are finely attuned to the specifics of place and closely link ecological, social and cultural realities. For this reason, traditional commons are a crucial ingredient in all documented cases where human groups self-organise to achieve sustainability and/or resilience. In addition, many social movements concerned with sustainability, justice and related matters are dedicated to the creation of new commons, creating new institutional forms that transcend the limitations of state and market.