Document Type : Research Paper


1 MSc student of desertification, Faculty of Natural resources, University of Tehran

2 Assistant Prof., Faculty of Natural resources, University of Tehran.

3 Professor, Faculty of Natural resources, University of Tehran.

4 Associate Prof., Faculty of Natural resources, University of Tehran.


One of the most important preparation steps of co-management projects implementation is recognizing key actors at local community level. These actors can assist managers and planners as local leaders and social powers. By applying social network analysis and centrality index at actors’ level of “Goormomenin” common rangeland, Kalateh region, Daamghan city in this research, social powers and local leaders in co-management procedures were identified. By social network analysis system, in-degree, out-degree centrality and betweenness centrality at actors level were studied based on trust and cooperation matrices and a combination matrix. According to the results, one of the stakeholders “Go-Bi” is a key actor in this rangeland. Based on core-periphery index, central and peripheral actors and density were identified. Having much authority and social influence, actors at central group play key role in rangeland co-management. Before implementing natural resource management projects, recognizing these actors can help governmental organizations to develop trust among villagers so that propel successful co-management procedures. These people create bridging ties between public institutions and stakeholders in rural sustainable development plans.


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