• Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Community Conservation Research Network (credit: @CCRN_news)

  • Negril, Jamaica

  • Tam Giang Lagoon, Vietnam

  • Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Slave River Delta, Northwest Territories


April 2016: Congratulations to Noori Khan for being selected as one of 25 finalists in SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest. This nation-wide contest challenges post-secondary students to show Canadians how research is affecting our world for the better. Noori’s video, “Coastal Changes: A Case-Study of Fisheries in Chilika Lagoon” can be viewed here. She will go on to compete in The Storytellers Showcase at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences later this spring in Calgary.

April 2016: Steven Alexander, Mark Andrachuk, and Derek Armitage have just published an article in
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to help researchers and practitioners explore governance networks and the social relationships that influence community-based conservation. They identify three “waypoints” to think about the networks of actors who influence conservation practice, examine the values and interests of diverse actors in governance, and consider how the structure and dynamics of networks can reveal insights for community-based conservation at multiple scales and levels.

March 2016: Congratulations to Cheryl Chan for winning the runner-up prize in the University of Waterloo’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition! Cheryl competed against 17 other finalists from across all university faculties with her thesis topic, “Fish for our future: A community-based approach to marine conservation.” See the winners’ information on the University of Waterloo’s 3MT website.

March 2016: In their new publication in the International Journal of the Commons, Abdullah Mamum, Ryan Brook, and Thomas Dyck examine how capacity development tools were supportive in implementing co-management of fisheries and other resources in southern Bangladesh. Using a governance lens, they investigated six cases to understand co-management approaches used to develop local capacity. Their findings show that a variety of capacity-enhancing strategies have had mixed results in developing governance that supports livelihoods.

March 2016: Congratulations to Cheryl Chan and Danielle Lindamood, both of whom competed in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in the Faculty of Environment. Cheryl Chan will pitch her research about marine protected areas, wellbeing, and ecosystem services once again – she has been selected to represent the Faculty of Environment at the university-wide 3MT competition later this month.

February 2016: Congratulations to Prateep Nayak who has been invited to join the Human Dimensions Working Group of the internationally recognized Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) program. The HDWG focuses on interactions between human and ocean systems, and the role of human institutions in mitigating anthropogenic perturbations of the ocean system, and in fostering adaptation to change.

February 2016: Derek Armitage has joined a unique initiative to incorporate human dimensions and governance issues into the management of Pacific herring. The Ocean Modeling Forum is bringing together scientists and managers to generate integrated social-ecological assessments to improve decision making on ocean issues of critical importance.

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