Since its inception the goal of community based conservation has been to incorporate improvement in the lives of local people with the conservation of biodiversity. This session explores the ways in which quality of life plans can help strengthen the communities in and around conservation land. Papers in this session will highlight methods to define clear benefits to the community from conservation and illustrate the role strong communities play in furthering conservation land protection. Papers highlight methods that have proven successful in supporting underrepresented groups in efforts to maintain sovereignty, protect land rights, or exert greater control in local decision-making. A common theme through the papers is methods that elicit community engagement and empower communities through conducting their own planning process.
|Presenter||Jacob Campbell*, The Field Museum, Conservation Conflicts, Local Sovereignty, and Finding Common Ground in the Kankakee Sands||20||2:00 PM|
|Presenter||Alexis Winter*, Field Museum, Erika Hasle*, The Field Museum, Collaborative methodology to build maps for community based conservation planning||20||2:20 PM|
|Presenter||Mark Bouman*, The Field Museum, Temple and Forum in a Black Oak Savanna||20||2:40 PM|
|Presenter||Pasama Cole-Kweli*, The Field Museum , Promoting Employment, Engagement, and Empowerment for the Next Generation of Community Leaders||20||3:00 PM|
|Discussant||Graham Pickren Roosevelt University||20||3:20 PM|
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