About the CCRN

The Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) is an international initiative to understand and support the links between communities, conservation and livelihoods, and to seek out best governance practices to support the combination of community-based conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

The CCRN is a partnership of indigenous, community, university, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, with a base at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. The CCRN undertakes local-level community-based research and capacity building activities at our sites around the world, and works globally (notably through this website) to provide a focal point on the crucial themes of Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods. The CCRN’s research, which applies a consistent social-ecological systems lens, is producing a range of insights – on such themes as regional and community environmental governance, indigenous self-governance, local networking and the success of conservation initiatives – that will yield important lessons for communities, policy makers and decision makers at all levels, from local to global.

As a global network we are able to bring together a wide range of community experiences in conservation for the benefit and well-being of local residents. The results being produced will enable researchers, governments and communities to make changes that will empower communities and enhance their natural environments and local economies for decades to come.

Our results are leading to important lessons and paths forward that we will be sharing, through this website, with communities, governments and many others.


Study Sites


The CCRN is designed as a ‘value-added’ research network, which creates unique synergies and synthesis of research activity globally, while also supporting the specific local initiatives of each of our partners and researchers. Governance of the CCRN reflects this decentralized structure with an emphasis on the integration of individual research efforts. The decision making structure of the CCRN includes the CCRN Council, the Management Committee and the Research Committee, with leadership overall by the Network Director, Anthony Charles, and with support provided by the CCRN Secretariat, located at Saint Mary’s University and managed by Network Coordinator, Patrick Larter; and Project Coordinator for our International Conference, Renee Field.

Together, all of the project’s participants – including aboriginal, community, government and research partners, as well as individual researchers and students– form the CCRN Council, which makes decisions on overall project directions. Our Management Committee, which handles short-term decision-making between full Council meetings, includes the CCRN Network Director, two community partner representatives, three research team members and one student representative. Membership of the Management Committee rotates each year so that by the end of the project, most participants will have served on the committee. The Management Committee is supported by a Research Committee, which monitors the progress of research activities across the network, and provides recommendations on changes to the research program or opportunities for knowledge mobilization resulting from CCRN research.