Centre for Community-Based
Resource Management (CBRM)

Natural Resources Institute,
University of Manitoba CBRM Database

Updated: April 2015

Welcome to Case Study Database, a gateway to selected literature on community-based resource management.

Using the free-form database program, AskSam5, this online tool provides searchable access to hundreds of cases including papers in scientific journals, book chapters, case studies, and Masters and PhD dissertations. This database is updated from time to time with new cases on community-based resource and environmental management.

The database is a powerful tool for:
• Searching case studies in different categories
• Accessing international literature in an logically organized format
• Analyzing the current trends, social characteristics and different types of community-based research
• Providing background information for further research on community-based resource management

How to use the database
This database provides a KEYWORD search engine, in which you type a word or phrase (using either 'and', 'or', or '*') into the 'toolbar search' - the program will search for the word(s) in all lines of all documents. The database provides a list of all case studies that contain the keyword(s). This list shows the case study name; country; document type; year; and language. To obtain more details of that particular case, click on the NUMBER in the first column. This will provide the detailed description of the case in printable form. The page includes a summary of the case and may include a PDF or web link.

Enter a search string:


The database also provides a SUBJECT search engine which allows you to choose documents on any of seven clickable fields as follows:

If you click in one of these fields, a pull-down menu appears enabling you to select a searchable item. For example, if you are looking for lagoon cases, click on the field “ecosystem type”; you will find a searchable item “estuary and/or lagoon”. Another example, if you are looking for cases involving indigenous communities, click on the field “social characteristic” and the pull-down menu, and this will give the searchable item “indigenous community”.

Contact information:

CRC Secretary
Jacqueline Rittberg Email: