CCRN Conference in Halifax NS, May 2018

About the Conference

Join us for this unique gathering to explore how local communities are engaging in environmental conservation that supports their local economies and livelihoods, and how government policy can best support local initiatives.

The conference will bring together indigenous, community, university, government, and NGO people from around the world, aiming to produce lessons of relevance to communities, policy-makers, researchers and a range of organizations – at all levels, from local to global.

Using both standard and non-conventional formats, the meeting will provide plenty of ways to share knowledge, to build partnerships and to shape the future linkages of communities, conservation and livelihoods.

The working language of the conference is English. Plenary sessions will be available simultaneously in English, French and Spanish. Contributed sessions may be presented in a language other than English, if the session organizers provide English translation within the session (which should be noted in the submission). Individual contributions must be made in English. All proposals for contributions, whether individual or session, must be submitted in English.

Some Key Questions to be Explored at the Conference:

How do local communities engage in environmental stewardship to support sustainable livelihoods?
In what ways are communities dealing with: changing environments; diverse worldviews and knowledge types; power and politics; engagement with government and private sector; issues of equity and justice; food security and biodiversity conservation?

Who makes the decisions affecting communities, conservation and livelihoods?

How empowered are local communities? What is the situation in urban neighbourhoods? In resource-based rural communities? How can indigenous rights be respected? How can government policy and practice provide better support to communities engaged in conservation and livelihood initiatives?

What are the ingredients of success in community conservation?
What motivates conservation in the first place? Can success be achieved across multiple scales? How can community resilience be improved? How do we know when conservation and livelihood goals are being achieved?

Call for Contributions


The Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) and the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) invite you to share a community story at the Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods international conference:  How are local communities creating change for the better? How can we enhance the practice of and support for community conservation and sustainable livelihoods globally?

The meeting will be of interest to those in indigenous organizations, local communities, governments and nongovernmental organizations, universities and other research institutions, the private sector, funding agencies and many others, throughout the world.

The conference will include a wide range of interactive formats to encourage dialogue, learning and the exchange of experiences and knowledge, to build partnerships and to shape the future of communities, conservation and livelihoods.

Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods welcomes proposals for:

> Sessions/Events: a talking circle, a community-focused gathering, a panel discussion or roundtable, a workshop, an artistic performance (e.g. dance, drama, music), a knowledge café, a photography exhibit or film showing, or a series of oral presentations (as is typical in academic or research-focused conferences). Each session/event should focus on a clear and specific theme, involve multiple presenters, and fit into a time period of 90 minutes.

> Individual Contributions: an oral presentation, a poster, a short film or other audio-visual presentation, or an artistic performance (e.g. a piece of music, dance, short theatre performance, etc.). Each individual contribution (apart from posters) should typically involve one person presenting in a 15-minute period.


(Note that this will take you to our Contributions submission system, Ex Ordo. You will first be asked to provide your email address and some further details, to begin the submission process. You will then be able to view a set of guidelines for submitting a contribution. Those guidelines are also available below.)


* Note that these guidelines are also available within the Contributions submission system. *

In the submission process, you will first be asked whether you are providing a “Session/Event Proposal” or an “Individual Contribution”.

You will then be asked which format you prefer. If you are submitting an individual contribution proposal, when asked for the format, please choose one of oral presentation, poster, film or other audiovisual presentation, or artistic performance. If you are submitting a session/event proposal, please choose the format that best suits your proposal (see list above of session/event options).

Whatever the format chosen, the next step (“Title and Abstract”) involves providing the title for your proposed contribution, and an abstract/summary. (Note that you will be able to paste the text into the system from a separate file, if you wish, so this may be best prepared before entering the submission system.) Abstracts can be up to 400 words in length. Note that for session/event proposals you should provide as much detail as possible about its purpose and desired results, as well as details of the format and the use of the 90-minute time period.

The abstracts do not need to include the list of expected presenters, since that information is to be provided under the following “Authors” tab in the submission process.

The next step in the submission process is to choose up to 5 keywords from a menu. Keywords are divided among 4 sections – Ecosystem; Resources; Big Issues; Solutions – and you are free to make your choices of keywords from any or all of these 4 sections, choosing those that are most important in describing the contribution you are proposing. The keywords will be used in the proposal review process and in developing the conference program.

Finally, under the tab “Three Questions”, you are asked to (1) describe any special requirements for the proposed contribution, such as audiovisual needs or a certain type of room, (2) state whether you need an early review of your contribution, e.g. for a visa or funding application, and (3) if you wish, upload a photo or other graphic that is relevant to your proposed contribution, e.g. showing a specific community location, or a conservation action, or an artistic performance.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fikret Berkes Community Conservation ResearcherFikret Berkes

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Fikret Berkes is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Berkes is at the forefront globally in developing and applying a wide range of interrelated concepts and approaches that have become essential to current thinking about communities, conservation and livelihoods: social-ecological resilience, commons, community-based management, co-management, and local and traditional ecological knowledge. He has authored some 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters. His books include: Governing the Coastal Commons (with D. Armitage and A. Charles); Coasts for People; Sacred Ecology, and Navigating Social–Ecological Systems (with J. Colding and C. Folke). He has participated in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UNDP Equator Initiative, and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr. Berkes is the recipient of the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America (2014), the Elinor Ostrom Award for Senior Scholar of the International Association for the Study of Commons (2015), and the International Conservation Union IUCN-CEESP Inaugural Award for Meritorious Research (2016). He is a founding member of the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN).

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Coordinator, Peul Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an indigenous woman from Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad. She is a Coordinator of the Peul Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad (AFPAT) “Association des Femmes Peules et peuples Autochtones du Tchad”. Hindou is also co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) and a member of the Executive committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), with a background in indigenous peoples’ rights and environment protection through the three Rio Conventions (Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification) with multiple responsibilities. Hindou has been designated as a National Geographic 2017 Emerging Explorer.

Details on Keynote Speaker 3 coming soon

Accommodation Information

Saint Mary’s University Residence Information

Residence Type Rate/Night Sleeps

Special Features

Single Rooms $57.95 1 person Shared Bathroom
Double Rooms $101.95 2 people Shared Bathroom
2 Bedroom Apartment $149.95 Up to 4 people Full Kitchen & Private Bathroom
3 Bedroom Apartment $144.95 Up to 3 people Full Kitchen & Private Bathroom

Travel Suite

$73.95 1 person Semi-private Bathroom & Shared Kitchenette

Email: or call 1-888-347-5555

Book by March 1, 2018 and mention you are attending the CCL Conference.

Travel Suites

  • Private bedroom (one single bed) with private bathroom reached down a semi-private hallway. Bedroom has desk, chair, lamp, closet space and phone. Shared kitchenette (with one other person). Linen and towels are supplied.  Dishes and kitchen utensils are not supplied.

Two Bedroom Apartment

  • Two-bedroom apartment is provided as one unit, for the above price, with two single beds in each bedroom (sleeps 4). Bedroom has desk, chair, lamp, closet space and phone. Full kitchen with private bathroom. Linen and towels are supplied.  Dishes and kitchen utensils are not supplied.

Three Bedroom Apartment

  • Three-bedroom apartment is provided as one unit, for the above price, with single bed in each bedroom (sleeps 3). Bedroom has desk, chair, lamp, closet space and phone. Full kitchen. Private bathroom (shared within the 3-bedroom apartment). Linen and towels are supplied.  Dishes and kitchen utensils are not supplied.

Click HERE for more information

The Prince George Hotel

(2.8 km to university: about a 20 minute walk to the university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Call 1-800-565-1567 or (902) 425-1986 and ask for the reservations department and quote CCL-conference. The deluxe guest room is $167/plus tax.

Click HERE for hotel information.

Future Inns Halifax

(10.6 km from university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Special Rate of $119/ plus tax includes: Free Parking/Wireless Internet Service/Local Calls

CALL 1-800-565-0700 to reserve your room.

Be sure to mention you are reserving for: CCL Conference

Click HERE for more information or check out the hotel website HERE.

CCRN Conference Accommodation - The Westin NS

The Westin NS

(2.1 km to university: about a 15 minute walk to the university)

Book by March 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Book with CCL pricing of $189/plus tax for a single room.

Visit the Westin Nova Scotia website for more information

Cambridge Suites Halifax

(2.4 km to university: about a 20 minute walk to the university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Call 1-800-565-1263 or 902-420-0555 and ask for reservations department for the rate of $156/plus tax for the Studio Guest Rooms and quote CCL-conference.

Hotel pricing includes breakfast.

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Chateau Bedford Hotel & Suites

(11 km from university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Conference Rate $119/plus tax. This rate includes breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi and local phone calls.

Guests can call toll free 1-800-565-3085 to book their rooms. The group block is under CCL.

Click HERE for hotel information.


Registration fees (Canadian dollars)

$500 early-bird regular registration fee (by March 1, 2018)

$600 regular registration fee

$350 reduced registration fee

$300 early-bird reduced registration fee (by March 1, 2018)

$250 daily registration fee

Reduced rate: For students, local community or neighbourhood representatives, local-level community-based organizations, Indigenous communities and organizations, small/local NGOs.

If you do not fit one of these descriptions, but need a reduced rate to be able to attend the conference, please email or call (902) 491-6584.

What’s covered in the registration fee?

Registration fees cover all conference lunches, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as the Opening Reception on Sunday Night and the subsidized Closing Banquet and subsidized Field trips.

Please note that no ‘proof’ is required to pick the reduced rate, but please ensure that you meet the listed criteria at the time you register. Thank you.

The registration link will be live in February 2018.

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

The conference will take place at Saint Mary’s University, in the city of Halifax, located on the Atlantic coast of Canada. Halifax, founded formally in 1749, is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaq Indigenous people have inhabited the land now known as Nova Scotia for more than 10,000 years; Europeans first arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. The province is home to hundreds of local communities, a long history of community conservation initiatives, and livelihoods that depend on a wide range of natural resources and human initiatives.

Saint Mary’s University is one of the oldest universities in Canada, dating back to 1802. Today, Saint Mary’s is a modern, urban university with a strong reputation for diversity. About one-third of its students come from outside Canada, from 119 countries, with 40,000 alumni in more than 140 countries, and numerous partnerships with institutions across the world, including through the Community Conservation Research Network.


Halifax Waterfront
The boardwalk along the Halifax waterfront passes many restaurants, and attractions including the Seaport Farmer’s Market and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Point Pleasant Park
Located a short distance from Saint Mary’s University, Point Pleasant Park is a 75 hectare wooded park surrounded by ocean and interlaced with 39km of easy winding trails, many of which are wheel chair accessible.

Halifax Public Gardens
Founded in 1874 the Halifax Public Gardens are an example of a Victorian garden

Halifax Citadel
The Halifax Citadel is a historic military base which provides site tours and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the history of the fortress.

More information at Destination Halifax

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