A study of community conservation: A collection of relevant sites and articles
Community conservation is a movement that is increasing in attention and importance. From African farmers learning to manage their resources sustainably, to local no-take reserves in the Pacific islands; community groups in Ireland to clean up the rivers and New Zealand for pest control to save the local birds, to the little nature reserves and ponds that spring up across the breadth of the UK, communities everywhere can be involved and are involved in conservation. Some target just one species - save the kiwi, report turtle sightings, don't buy palm oil. Others try and rebuild entire local ecosystems. Some are token efforts, and others actually represent losses to the local economy.
Benefits range from emotional, to having a local park, to financial from tourism or improved farming practices, healthwise, from cleaner rivers, to actually significantly assisting endangered species. Funding is a constant issue, as is how much government involvement and control is needed or wanted. For one of my postgraduate papers in Environmental Management I am looking at the topic of community conservation. I am compiling the relevant and interesting sites and papers on this topic here.
The lake photographed above is located in the Far North District of New Zealand, and was extremely polluted by runoff from surrounding farms. Through local efforts (mostly from the local iwi and co-operation from farmers) the lake is now almost completely clean.
Sites About Community Conservation - General websites about global community conservation
- Welcome to Community Conservation
From our start in 1989, Community Conservation has worked with local people around the world to protect and sustainably manage their natural resources; ensuring...
- Conservation and Community Investment Forum (CCIF):
The Conservation and Community Investment Forum (CCIF) is a nonprofit consulting group specializing in applying the tools, strategies, and resources of the private sector to address urgent conservation and sustainable community development issues wor
Who's in Charge? - Government versus Local Community
Who is responsible for preserving and restoring local biodiversity and habitat? Who should pay? Who should decide?
While Government decrees are usually met with hostility, local efforts may be fragmentary or nonexistent, or struggle due to lack of knowledge or funding.
Who should be protecting the environment around your house?
Species protection or community?
Targeting a single species is more emotionally effective, easier to involve people and see results. It can also have spin-off benefits - interesting people, protecting the entire forest to save the orangutans...
However, each species is dependent on an entire ecology, and the environment around it is just as important if less glamorous. But people can balk at 'locking up' half the coastline where they approve of simply not killing seals.
So, risk of not mobilizing versus risk of insufficient protection?
Should campaigns promote a single endangered species?
Community Conservation for Specific Locations
- COMMUNITY CONSERVATION INITIATIVES
Community conservation in Orissa
- WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN SARAWAK, MALAYSIA
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN SARAWAK, MALAYSIA Paper presented at the second regional forum for Southeast Asia of the IUCN World Commission For Protected Areas Pakse, Lao PDR ~ December 1999Oswald Braken Tisen, Sapuan Haji Ahmad, El
- Biodiversity News - Norfolk Biodiversity Website
Biodiversity News - Norfolk Biodiversity Website.
- Round Hill Society, Round Hill, Brighton, UK
The Round Hill Society The home site of the Round Hill Society, a community group of the residents of Round Hill in Brighton, England. The site contains information about the area, latest news and reflections on life in Round Hill.
- Community Conservation and Development Initiatives Website -- CCDi Nigeria
To offer vision and solutions to the relationship between poverty, environmental protection and sustainable human development.
Community Conservation for Specific Species
- Red squirrel conservation in the UK
Red squirrel conservation projects in the UK
- COMMUNITY CONSERVATION INITIATIVES
Forest Conservation � The history of community forest protection and management in the State dates back to pre independence days. These initiatives were the result of spontaneous reaction to increasing resource scarcity caused, among
- MCS: report wildlife sightings
We are collecting information from the public about basking sharks, marine turtles and jellyfish in UK and Irish waters. We are also partners with the Seasearch project that uses volunteer divers to record underwater wildlife. If you have seen baski
- Spot a jellyfish, help to save a rare turtle : Guardian
British holidaymakers are being asked to report sightings of jellyfish in an attempt to track and protect the giant but very rare leatherback turtle.
Sustainable Farming and Resource Management - Habitat, farming practices, water pollution
- Conservation and Governance
Policy Innovations - The Carnegie Council's online magazine for a fairer globalization. "Yet conservation matters for more than just wildlife: it can, and should, provide a way for postconflict rural Afghan communities to manage their natural resour
- Stewardship Community: Conservation agriculture
Millions of hectares are lost every year due to soil erosion. Fertile soil is the basis for growing crops. Looking after the soil is paramount for sustainable food production. Conservation agriculture uses a basic set of principles to protect and con
- UK and Ireland: local community river groups
Want to get involved with a local river restoration project… support a national group working on water pollution issues… promote your local river protection group? This is the place to do it. :-)
- Enchantment and Disenchantment: The Role of Community in Natural Resource Conservation
The poor conservation outcomes that followed decades of intrusive resource management strategies and planned development have forced policy makers and scholars to reconsider the role of community in resource use and conservation. In a break from prev
- England's Community Forests
England's Community Forests Welcome to the web site of England's Community Forests, the country's biggest environmental regeneration initiative. Main Menu Home | About England's Community Forests | What we do | Publications | Press | Your
External Support and Finance - Trusts, Government Funding, Grants, Donations
Examples of various types of funding. Usually under recreation and conservation.
- Community Conservation Fund: Volunteer, join or start a project (NZ)
Find out about the Community Conservation Fund. Established by DoC 2008 *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Conservation_Fund
- BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund Recipients | Forest and Bird (NZ)
Forest & Bird. Protecting our native plants, animals and wild places, on land and in our oceans. Help us to help nature. The following conservation projects have received funding from the BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund. Suppo
- Forest Society : Community Resources
Saving the public forests in New Hampsire for future generations There are many state, federal and local resources you can tap for assistance with land conservation projects. Listed below are links to more information. Be sure to check this page oft
- 2010 Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) Open Application Period (Pennsylvania)
- Local governments, county governments and non-profit organizations can apply for Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) funding to assist them with addressing their recreation and conservation needs.
- Ecology and Society: When Donors Get Cold Feet: the Community Conservation Concession in Setulang (K
Wunder, S., B. Campbell, P. G. H. Frost, J. A. Sayer, R. Iwan, and L. Wollenberg. 2008. When donors get cold feet: the community conservation concession in Setulang (Kalimantan, Indonesia) that never happened. Ecology and Society 13(1): 12.
Results of small local community groups and improved local awareness
- Ecological benefits
- Social and economic benefits (community pride, activity, health, tourism, etc)
- Indirect/attitude benefits>i.e. increased acceptance of greater protection
- BBC News - Two tiger cubs found dead in Indian national park
Two tiger cubs are found dead, apparently after being poisoned, at a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Approaches towards community conservation - Hobby/interest v.s. natural resource management and survival
Wetland & Coastal
Marine Habitat Conservation
Agro Bio-diversity Conservation
Culturally Conserved Areas
- For specific species e.g. turtles, red squirrels, tigers
- For general practice e.g. farming, water quality
- For community involvement on small scales e.g. nature areas, rivers, local reserves
Ecotourism and Lifestyle - Housing development and the environment, ecotourism.
- Community, Conservation and Tourism
Do our vacations really benefit the communities and the tropical ecosystems we visit? New trends and old patterns are explored, based on my 26 years of observing the development of ecotourism as a green travel consultant and author of The New Key to
- Tryon Farm
'Housing development - Approximately three-quarters of the 170-acre landscape will always be preserved as rolling pasture, meadows, woods and ponds. This is truly living in the timeless heartland.
- Environmental challenges of post-reform housing development in Beijing
Since the early 1980s, urban China has been changing rapidly with a massive housing development program together with a heavy infrastructure construction schedule. The post-reform housing boom has placed great burden on the natural and man-made infra