It was chaired by Insa Theesfeld from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe in Halle (Saale), Germany and by Achim Schlüter from the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology in Bremen, Germany.The conference was scientifically and organizationally supported by Audun Sandberg from the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway and by Ivan Penov, Violeta Dirimanova and Boryana Ivanova from the Agricultural University Plovdiv in Bulgaria.Accelerated change creates a particular threat to joint management regimes, but it also opens a window of opportunities for us as researchers to study new natural resource management solutions.One aim of the conference was to increase the awareness of commons questions in Middle, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
In addition, basic institutions, such as clearly defined property rules, only existed in very limited areas.
The conference contributions were organized into four sub-themes: These themes reflect the tendency that the relevant drivers of development become increasingly more diverse.
Climate change, globalization, migration, depopulation, etc., show that many factors challenge collective governance regime.
Another type of missing research was related to urban commons and new ways of organizing various community services.
A third important missing issue, probably due to historical reasons of IASC, was the development of Commons in Eastern Europe and post communist states.