Since 2008, the Center for Collaborative Conservation’s Fellows Program has challenged students, faculty and practitioners to work together to help local communities build their livelihoods and conserve their landscapes. Fellows work across disciplinary, landscape, cultural and administrative boundaries to find new solutions to conservation issues by ‘helping communities help themselves’ through on-the-ground projects in the United States and around the world. Through collaborative education, research, and action, the program builds networks and forms lasting relationships between those who study collaborative conservation and those who practice it. Our vision is to create the “new conservationist” who is passionate about using collaboration to bring together different voices and views, and who can incorporate both local and scientific knowledge into seeking solutions to today’s complex environmental problems. The CCC builds a collaborative conservation community of practice among fellows and their project partners through regular trainings, in-person meetings, and online exchanges.
Cohort 6 fellows at the 2014 fellows reception