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Co-chairs: Paul McCarney (Nunatsiavut Government)

Rodd Laing (Nunatsiavut Government)

Jennifer Janes (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Megan Bailey (Dalhousie University)


Conservation planning will continue to face increasingly complex challenges throughout the 21st century as communities and decision-makers work to address priorities and needs at multiple scales. In some cases, these groups work independently or even at odds with one another. But as governments strive to meet international biodiversity commitments to protect 17% of terrestrial and inland waters and 10% of marine areas, there is mounting evidence that integrating both community and ecological considerations leads to increased conservation successes. Efforts are being made at multiple scales to involve local communities in designing and implementing conservation policies and programs that advance local priorities and respond to ecological concerns. In particular, Indigenous communities are continuing to express their rights to be involved in conservation planning processes and practices that affect their regions and territories. This session invites presentations from researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers from communities, academic institutions, and governments working across multiple disciplines to identify novel short- and long-term approaches to conservation issues at local, regional, and national scales. In particular, this session will work to highlight initiatives where partnerships between multiple sectors and actors have advanced discourses and results around community-based conservation planning. In doing so, this session will provide an opportunity for multiple groups of people working in this diverse, intersecting, and interdisciplinary field to share their findings, best practices, experiences, and approaches to conservation planning that recognizes the important roles of local communities and cultures.