Can bylaws can be an effective tool for securing tenure as a collective as well as for individual members?

I am looking for options of securing rights of the collective groups and individual members to collective resources such as water (tanks, ponds, etc), common land or invisible resources such as sub-surface or deep aquifers. One of the tool seems to be village level bylaws to manage the collective resources. Request for members to share your thoughts, examples and papers if any. Regards