Thursday, June 27 • 15:00 - 16:30
Coastal Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods: A Participatory discussion

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Chaired by:
Anthony Charles
Director, Community Conservation Research Network
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, Canada

Coastal Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods: A Participatory Discussion

This will be a participatory discussion session, in keeping with the philosophy of the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN). The CCRN is a global research program, which – for the past 7 years – has involved over 60 researchers, Indigenous organizations and community bodies around the world in studying (a) coastal communities involved in environmental conservation sustaining livelihoods, and (b) governmental policy support for those communities [www.CommunityConservation.Net]. The session will begin with a short film, produced by the CCRN, to describe the links of Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion of new developments and research priorities for the future, relating to the 2-way connection between the well-being of coastal communities and the health of local ecosystems, including how strong, cohesive communities enable conservation efforts. Further, it is clear that local community conservation initiatives benefit when supported by governmental policy. Notably, recognizing community knowledge helps to improve both the economy and the environment. It is well established that active and meaningful engagement of local communities and indigenous rights-holders in resource decision-making and monitoring can lead to improved conservation and governance. Accordingly, the session will explore two major themes: (1) community-based conservation is essential to livelihoods of local and indigenous people, also contributing significantly to sustainable local, regional and national economies, and (2) in parallel, adequate attention to the need for sustainable livelihoods in communities is an essential ingredient for successful environmental conservation and stewardship.
As this is not a conventional paper session but rather a fully participatory discussion session, there is no list of speakers to provide. If the session is accepted, the organizer will ensure several knowledgeable individuals are present to add insights and case studies to the discussion, and in any case, many of the conference participants will undoubtedly have expertise to share. It is anticipated that the opportunity to do so will lead to significant attendance at the session.


Derek Armitage

University of Waterloo
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Anthony Charles

Professor & Director, Community Conservation Research Network, Saint Mary's University

Thursday June 27, 2019 15:00 - 16:30
REC A1.02 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam