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Commons-lands, waters, and resources that are not legally owned and controlled by a single private entity, such as ocean and coastal areas, the atmosphere, public lands, freshwater aquifers, and migratory species-are an increasingly contentious issue in resource management and international affairs. Protecting the Commons provides an important analytical framework for understanding commons issues and for designing policies to deal with them. The product of a symposium convened by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) to mark the 30th anniversary of Garrett Hardin's seminal essay ""The Tragedy of the Commons,"" the book brings together leading scholars and researchers on commons issues to offer both conceptual background and analysis of the evolving scientific understanding on commons resources. The book: - gives a concise update on commons use and scholarship - offers eleven case studies of commons, examined through the lens provided by leading commons theorist Elinor Ostrom - provides a review of tools such as Geographic Information Systems that are useful for decision-making - examines environmental justice issues relevant to commons Contributors include A