Contributing to “Communities in Action”

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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