Variously described as "Common Pool Resources", "Common Property Resources", "Common Lands", "Open Ground" etc; "Commons" have been an important and inseparable part of humanity. They have been life support systems and have impacted various cultures, traditions, organisations and environments. They are essential for the livelihood requirements of the poor to be met. It is common knowledge that "Commons" are of ecological, social, cultural, religious, sporting and recreational value. Issues related to "Commons" have drawn attention of the academia, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. It is significant to note that Prof. Elinor Ostrom, a political scientist, won the Nobel Prize this year for her work on the subject.
FES and IRMA jointly announce this case competition in order to encourage and propagate interest among research scholars having focus in this area the case competition is organized as a part of the 13th Biennial Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Commons, "Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future", to be held at Hyderabad, India, during January 10 – 14, 2011