Thank you for your interest in contributing to "Communities in Action", an initiative of the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN). Each contribution focuses on describing a specific local community, an environmental challenge (e.g., an environmental or natural resource problem) that affected the community's economy and livelihoods, the community's response through conservation (stewardship) initiatives that improve environmental well-being and support sustainable livelihoods, and the eventual outcomes. To contribute, you will first be asked to review and agree to a consent form (once you click the button below) and then you will be taken to the survey, where you first identify yourself, then answer a short set of questions about the community, and finally, provide supporting material (see below). Please note that you will have an opportunity to change, edit, add to or remove the information you provide, even after you submit and the 'story' becomes available online.
A NOTE ABOUT COMMUNITIES
While there are many different meanings of the word "community", this survey follows 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, whether small towns, villages or other locations, and possibly including self-identifying groupings of small communities within a given area (e.g. around a lake or a bay), or (2) urban 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 most likely under 20,000. If a community is larger, the contributor will be asked to provide some context as to why it can be viewed as a community.
A NOTE ABOUT SUPPORTING MATERIALS
To support the information you are providing about the community and its 'story', some additional material is needed. This can be in one or both of two forms: either (1) a document or media report that you can link to or upload, or (2) a suitable website that relates to the 'story' in your contribution. You may provide this material at the end of the survey, or if you do not have it available, we will contact you afterwards to obtain it, before your contribution goes online. We will also ask for a photo (or photos) of the community – this is optional, but adding images increases 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-902-420-5728.