The Center for Collaborative Conservation’s Fellows Program, initiated in November 2008, is designed to strengthen engagement among students, faculty, research scientists, and conservation practitioners by promoting collaborative research, education and action on critical issues that link conservation and livelihoods on landscapes around the world.
Disciplines and fields integrated within fellows’ projects include sociology, community-based natural resource management, planning, governance, agro-ecology, anthropology, fire ecology, rangeland management, conservation biology, communication, geography, veterinary science, business, landscape ecology, political science, and human dimensions of natural resources. These diverse disciplines enrich discussions and ideas for applying collaborative conservation in a variety of contexts worldwide.
The CCC fellows are part of the new Collaborative Conservation Learning Network where principles and practice of collaborative conservation are developed, exchanged, tested and adapted.
- To bridge social and scientific disciplines by providing financial means to bring community livelihood and conservation goals together for projects that historically would have focused on one or the other.
- To increase the relevance of conservation research to issues on the ground, and bridge the gap between research and practice by directly involving communities in fellows’ project planning and implementation.
- To understand and improve the processes and outcomes of collaborative conservation efforts and participatory natural resource management by learning from our fellows’ research.
- To build a collaborative conservation community of practice among fellows and their project partners through regular in-person meetings and online exchanges.
- To train fellows in key aspects of collaborative conservation at the annual spring Fellows Retreat and throughout the year.