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.

Please click on the menu to the right for the “Call for Contributions” as well as information about keynote speakers and the location of the conference and scroll down for conference registration information.


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?

Inuit community - research in links between environment, communities, and livelihood