SECP Project Papers are usually the result of student groups or project work. Bachelor’s theses, master’s theses and project reports with sustainability relevance that meet special quality criteria are made available to the public.
Common-pool resources are a necessity for human life on this planet, however many of them also face destruction. Fish stocks and the ozone layer are just some examples for common-pool resources, which are endangered, and the effects of their destruction will be felt globally. As sustainability, sustainable development and environmental protection enter global public discourse among large parts of modern society, investigating possible ways to conserve common-pool resources is important.Within this thesis I will examine evidence whether the model of cooperative organizations may be suited to more sustainably handle these resource systems. The findings indicate that cooperative organizations may have positive effects on sustainability efforts, however the evidence is not conclusive.