Thank you for your interest in contributing to "Communities in Action", an initiative of the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN). To contribute, you will fill out our questionnaire, which will likely take 15-20 minutes. You will be asked first to identify yourself and then to provide information about a specific local community, and its experience in responding to a particular environmental challenge, one with livelihood implications. Before starting, please carefully read the following three points, which give guidance on the kinds of communities considered here, the kinds of information you will need to provide, and the documentation that is requested to validate your submission.
1. THE COMMUNITY
While there are many different meanings of the word "community", for this survey it is the common usage of the word, i.e. a 'local community' that is identified by its location, lies within modest spatial boundaries, and is of a suitably small size. Further, a community's residents identify with being 'part of the community' and quite likely know many others in the community. Communities will typically be either (1) rural, i.e. rural towns, villages or other locations, possibly including self-identifying groupings of small communities within a given area (e.g. around a lake or a bay), or (2) specific neighbourhoods within a city (but not cities themselves). Note that what is a 'small size' for a community will vary from one place to another, but unless warranted by the context, it is envisioned that community populations will be under 50,000 and most likely under 20,000. If a community is larger, the contributor will be asked to explain why it can be viewed as a community.
2. INFORMATION REQUIRED
For the community you are describing, you should have suitable information available, including (a) basic information about the community, (b) a description (story) of a specific environmental challenge that the community is facing or has faced, and the community's response, and (c) your own assessment of the state of the community, and its links to government and others.
3. DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED
We ask you to provide (at the end) some form of documentation on the community and its 'story'. This may be a document or media report that you can link to or upload, or a suitable website. Please have this ready before you proceed with the survey. Finally, a photo of the community will also be requested at the end. While this is optional, adding images increases the engagement of Communities in Action users.
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1. You are under no obligation to participate in this survey. Participants do not receive any payment, incentive, reimbursement or compensation for participation.
2. After completing the questionnaire and having your information posted on Communities in Action, you may withdraw your participation at any time by simply contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Your responses will be stored on computers of the CCRN and its Director, and used as part of an analysis of community conservation, and as part of the data provided on the public Communities in Action page of the CCRN website. Accordingly please note that:
4. We do not foresee any risks arising from your participation. In fact, we believe that by participating you will benefit from being part of a unique knowledge portal on communities, conservation and livelihoods, and you will have a special opportunity to connect with and learn from other communities around the world.
5. We reserve the right to remove your submission at any time in the future, at our discretion.
6. By providing a submission, you agree that we may contact you in the future regarding your submission.
7. By consenting to participate you have not waived any rights to legal recourse in the event of research-related harm.
8. You will be able to view the progress with Communities in Action as well as find the results of this study, when completed, by visiting our website www.communityconservation.net.
9. This research is conducted under the direction of Professor Tony Charles, CCRN Director, at Saint Mary’s University (Tony.Charles@smu.ca; 1-902-420-5732) and is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. There are no perceived conflicts of interest on the part of the researchers, their institutions or research funders. This research has been reviewed and approved by the Saint Mary’s University Research Ethics Board (REB 14-186). If you have any questions or concerns about ethical matters you may contact the Chair of the Saint Mary’s University Research Ethics Board at email@example.com or 1-902-420-5728.