The Kesho Trust


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Recent activities, events and information.

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The CCRN is a network of researchers working together with diverse community, aboriginal and governmental organizations based at 11 study sites around the world. The CCRN studies the linkages between communities and conservation, to create new knowledge on community-oriented environmental governance, links to livelihoods, and the success of conservation initiatives. This work is expected to yield new and important lessons for communities, policy makers and decision makers at the regional, national and international levels. The CCRN is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and hosted at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada.

Some of the participating study sites in the network are:

  1. Lake Shipiskan is in the territory of the Innu Nation a CCRN community partner that is now developing models for greater self-governance. The territory of the Innu (located in Labrador, Canada) is very rich in natural resources and the CCRN is working with them as they create their own environmental policy which aims to balance a heritage and lifestyle deeply rooted in ‘living on the land’ with economic opportunities (such as major hydro-electric projects).
    Lake Shipiskan
  2. Mu Koh Chumphon national park is in Thailand and close to one of the sites (Koh Pitak island) where our Thai research team is working on the effects of eco-tourism on the population of the island (about 40 families) and how economic opportunities can be balanced with considerable environmental stress on the island during the tourist season.
  3. Peggy’s Cove is an iconic location along Saint Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia where our partner the Ecology Action Centre is working on issues surrounding coastal urban development of a rural location that is within commuting distance of a major metropolitan centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia).
    Peggy's Cove
  4. Shiretoko is one of our Japanese sites (northern Japan) where we are studying links between indigenous communities, cultural practices and industrial fishing.
    Shiretoko Japan

The Kesho Trust is pleased to have been accepted as an affiliate member of the network.  Our continuing work in the Saadani area with our PECC project and building on the PAPR provides important knowledge and experience to contribute to the network.  Another new initiative in which we are participating, the Institutional Canopy of Conservation led by McGill University and in partnership with PALISEP will also be a focus for contributions to the same general area of research.

For more information on the CCRN visit their website: CCRN website