CCRN Conference in Halifax NS, May 2018

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.

CCRN Conference in Halifax NS, May 2018. Exploring Communities Conservation & Livelihoods

Call for Contributions

The deadline for the Call for Contributions has passed.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fikret Berkes Community Conservation ResearcherFikret Berkes

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Fikret Berkes is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Berkes is at the forefront globally in developing and applying a wide range of interrelated concepts and approaches that have become essential to current thinking about communities, conservation and livelihoods: social-ecological resilience, commons, community-based management, co-management, and local and traditional ecological knowledge. He has authored some 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters. His books include: Governing the Coastal Commons (with D. Armitage and A. Charles); Coasts for People; Sacred Ecology, and Navigating Social–Ecological Systems (with J. Colding and C. Folke). He has participated in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UNDP Equator Initiative, and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr. Berkes is the recipient of the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America (2014), the Elinor Ostrom Award for Senior Scholar of the International Association for the Study of Commons (2015), and the International Conservation Union IUCN-CEESP Inaugural Award for Meritorious Research (2016). He is a founding member of the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN).

For more information about Dr. Fikret Berkes, please visit

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Coordinator, Peul Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an indigenous woman from Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad. She is a Coordinator of the Peul Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad (AFPAT) “Association des Femmes Peules et peuples Autochtones du Tchad”. Hindou is also co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) and a member of the Executive committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), with a background in indigenous peoples’ rights and environment protection through the three Rio Conventions (Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification) with multiple responsibilities. Hindou has been designated as a National Geographic 2017 Emerging Explorer.

Details on other plenary events coming soon.

Accommodation Information

Saint Mary’s University Residence

Residence Type Rate/Night Sleeps

Special Features

Single Rooms $57.95 1 person Shared Bathroom
Double Rooms $101.95 2 people Shared Bathroom
2 Bedroom Apartment $149.95 Up to 4 people Full Kitchen & Private Bathroom
3 Bedroom Apartment $144.95 Up to 3 people Full Kitchen & Private Bathroom

Travel Suite

$73.95 1 person Semi-private Bathroom & Shared Kitchenette

Email: or call 1-888-347-5555

Book by March 15, 2018 and mention you are attending the CCL Conference.

Travel Suites

  • Private bedroom (one single bed) with private bathroom reached down a semi-private hallway. Bedroom has desk, chair, lamp, closet space and phone. Shared kitchenette (with one other person). Linen and towels are supplied.  Dishes and kitchen utensils are not supplied.

Two Bedroom Apartment

  • Two-bedroom apartment is provided as one unit, for the above price, with two single beds in each bedroom (sleeps 4). Bedroom has desk, chair, lamp, closet space and phone. Full kitchen with private bathroom. Linen and towels are supplied.  Dishes and kitchen utensils are not supplied.

Three Bedroom Apartment

  • Three-bedroom apartment is provided as one unit, for the above price, with single bed in each bedroom (sleeps 3). Bedroom has desk, chair, lamp, closet space and phone. Full kitchen. Private bathroom (shared within the 3-bedroom apartment). Linen and towels are supplied.  Dishes and kitchen utensils are not supplied.

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The Prince George Hotel

(2.8 km to university: about a 20 minute walk to the university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Call 1-800-565-1567 or (902) 425-1986 and ask for the reservations department and quote CCL-conference. The deluxe guest room is $167/plus tax.

Click HERE for hotel information.

Future Inns Halifax

(10.6 km from university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Special Rate of $119/ plus tax includes: Free Parking/Wireless Internet Service/Local Calls

CALL 1-800-565-0700 to reserve your room.

Be sure to mention you are reserving for: CCL Conference

Click HERE for more information or check out the hotel website HERE.

CCRN Conference Accommodation - The Westin NS

The Westin NS

(2.1 km to university: about a 15 minute walk to the university)

Book by March 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Book with CCL pricing of $189/plus tax for a single room.

Visit the Westin Nova Scotia website for more information

Cambridge Suites Halifax

(2.4 km to university: about a 20 minute walk to the university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Call 1-800-565-1263 or 902-420-0555 and ask for reservations department for the rate of $156/plus tax for the Studio Guest Rooms and quote CCL-conference.

Hotel pricing includes breakfast.

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Chateau Bedford Hotel & Suites

(11 km from university)

Book by April 1, 2018 to confirm CCL conference rate.

Conference Rate $119/plus tax. This rate includes breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi and local phone calls.

Guests can call toll free 1-800-565-3085 to book their rooms. The group block is under CCL.

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Registration fees (Canadian dollars)

$500 early-bird regular registration fee (by March 31, 2018)

$600 regular registration fee

$350 reduced registration fee

$300 early-bird reduced registration fee (by March 31, 2018)

$250 daily registration fee

Reduced rate: For students, local community or neighbourhood representatives, local-level community-based organizations, Indigenous communities and organizations, small/local NGOs.

If you do not fit one of these descriptions, but need a reduced rate to be able to attend the conference, please email or call (902) 491-6584.

What’s covered in the registration fee?

Registration fees cover all conference lunches, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as the Opening Reception on Sunday Night and the subsidized Closing Dinner Banquet and subsidized Field trips.

Please note that no ‘proof’ is required to pick the reduced rate, but please ensure that you meet the listed criteria at the time you register. Thank you.

The registration link will be live in February 2018.

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

The conference will take place at Saint Mary’s University, in the city of Halifax, located on the Atlantic coast of Canada. Halifax, founded formally in 1749, is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaq Indigenous people have inhabited the land now known as Nova Scotia for more than 10,000 years; Europeans first arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. The province is home to hundreds of local communities, a long history of community conservation initiatives, and livelihoods that depend on a wide range of natural resources and human initiatives.

Saint Mary’s University is one of the oldest universities in Canada, dating back to 1802. Today, Saint Mary’s is a modern, urban university with a strong reputation for diversity. About one-third of its students come from outside Canada, from 119 countries, with 40,000 alumni in more than 140 countries, and numerous partnerships with institutions across the world, including through the Community Conservation Research Network.


Halifax Waterfront
The boardwalk along the Halifax waterfront passes many restaurants, and attractions including the Seaport Farmer’s Market and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Point Pleasant Park
Located a short distance from Saint Mary’s University, Point Pleasant Park is a 75 hectare wooded park surrounded by ocean and interlaced with 39km of easy winding trails, many of which are wheel chair accessible.

Halifax Public Gardens
Founded in 1874 the Halifax Public Gardens are an example of a Victorian garden

Halifax Citadel
The Halifax Citadel is a historic military base which provides site tours and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the history of the fortress.

More information at Destination Halifax

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