Community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation

COMBIOSERVE Conference: Call for Contributions

Call for contributions for the international conference on Community-based conservation in Latin America: innovations in research and practice.


The call for abstracts for an international conference organised by COMBIOSERVE is now open. The conference will take place in Xalapa, Mexico, 6-9 November 2014, and will be hosted locally by the Instituto de Ecología (INECOL) and Global Diversity Foundation (GDF).


Conceived as a small-scale event, the conference welcomes contributions by community leaders and researchers, academics, practitioners and policy-makers involved in community-based conservation (CBC). Formal academic presentations on the conference themes will alternate with community-led sessions on their experiences of assessing the effectiveness of CBC and parallel methods workshops. By giving a prominent voice to community members and community researchers involved in CBC research, the conference will establish an equal and mutually inspiring exchange between community-based, academic and policy experts.


Please visit our Conference background, Contributions: formats and deadlines, and Practical information pages for further information.  For the draft conference programme please download the PDF attachment below.


Conference aims


  1. To bring together community members, community-based organisations, civil society organisations, policy-makers and academics, to share experiences and insights on assessment of the effectiveness of community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity in Latin America;
  2. To examine current community-based management strategies in different contexts and at different scales and, based on findings and conference discussions, propose future directions for these processes in the Latin American region;
  3. To discuss the potential and limitations of a broad toolkit of methods for carrying out research in collaboration with communities for assessing the effectiveness of community-based conservation.


Conference themes


The principal themes of the conference are:


  1. The changing landscape of community conservation concepts and practices in Latin America.
  2. Theoretical, methodological and empirical advances in the assessment of community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation on the broad themes of:
    • Drivers, challenges and opportunities in community-based conservation;
    • Land use change and biodiversity under community-based conservation;
    • Adaptive capacity, livelihoods and resilience in a changing environment;
    • Cultural traditions, knowledge systems and local institutional arrangements in community-based conservation;
  3. Methodological approaches for assessing the effectiveness of community-based conservation. Contributions to a methods dialogue and parallel methods workshops from community members, practitioners, scholars and policy-makers are invited. 


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