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Welcome to the CCC blog site! The CCC Blog is a place where people can connect, learn, and share about collaborative conservation – what works, what doesn’t, lessons learned, resources, opportunities - and most importantly, network with others interested in collaborative conservation. We hope that the CCC Blog will build on our mission of understanding, supporting, and achieving conservation through collaboration. 

Collaborative conservation in practice: The first REDD+ Academy - By Michael Verdone

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The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism was created in 2005 to conserve forest carbon stocks in addition to the myriad of other benefits forest dependent communities receive from forests. Under the mechanism countries receive payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation below a pre-determined reference level. A priority is given to...

Learning from those who know it best - By Anna Mangan

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When I tell people I’m doing field work on the ecology of song birds, I like to think that they imagine remote forests, untrammeled wilderness and not another soul in sight. Well, the trees are green, the birds are singing and the views are beautiful but as it turns out, my study area is a lot less secluded than one might imagine. I work in organic apple orchards on the Western Slope of Colorado...

Poudre Runs Through It (PRTI) – Cache Le Poudre National Heritage Site - By Johnny Roos

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By: Johnny Roos September 29, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6hHNpfeAHE Water is a vital life force for life on our small blue planet and the rivers are often seen as the veins, flowing love and energy from top to bottom and growing green in between. On the surface, we find our world’s chemistry content is made of several elements: iron, 32%; oxygen, 30%; silicon, 15%; magnesium, 14 %;...

Bridging Gaps - By MNMKINZIE

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At the CCC Fellows Training that took place in May, prior to my departure as a summer intern for the Center for Collaborative Conservation and Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA or Alliance), there was one prominent theme that came up again and again. The theme was relationships. And not just relationships, but the gaps we bridge, the borders we cross, and the journeys we take together in...

Exploration of an atlas of collaboratives begins... - By NEWMANG

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Ch'aska and I have begun exploring the needs for an atlas of collaborative conservation groups and possible implementation ides for such an atlas. Our work has been informed and guided by the initial vision of the CCC for such an atlas. Our explorations have seen us discuss existing systems, document metadata each existing system has been compiling about groups they list in their directories/...

Building a network - By JLEE337

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It feels great to be back in Ecuador! We (my field assistant Mariela Palacios and I) have had a successful week laying the groundwork for our project...getting to know the many people working to conserve a critical ecological corridor of tropical dry forest in the Chongon-Colonche mountains northwest of Guayaquil. I am amazed at the extensive analyses that have been done by the Provincial...

My first impressions of Vietnam - simple, warm and beautiful - By Tanmay Telang

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It’s been almost a year that I’ve been a part of the Fargreen team . However, 8th of June 2014 turned out to be the first day of my life in Vietnam. Initially I was feeling a bit nervous about being in Vietnam. But then I decided to go there with a clean slate – an empty mind with no prejudices at all. And it did turn out to be the right decision, for, as I cleared the immigration and visa...

Kathy Galvin's Huffington Post blog - By JLACKETT

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Check out Kathy Galvin's (Department of Anthropology and Natural Resource Ecology Lab, CSU and CCC executive committee member) Huffington Post blog on the future of arid lands. An Arid World? Can We Learn from Other Nations? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/american-anthropological-association/an-ar...

CCC Intern in Tanzania - By Shelby Weiss

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I am an undergraduate at CSU and have had the pleasure of working as an intern for the CCC since the fall of 2011. This semester, I decided to study abroad in Tanzania with SIT on their program for Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology. In the past, my job at the CCC has mostly been working online- either with Facebook/twitter or the CCLN. So I was excited to get away from computers for...

Community-based Conservation and a Utopic Vision in Montana - By RPBIXLER

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The Rocky Mountain West with its vast expanse of open spaces and abundant natural resources has always held the allure of being a place for utopic visions. It was here where the manifest destiny of a young nation unfolded (embodying the positives and negatives of the ideology of the early American nation-state) and a national culture was formed that embraced the image of the vast, natural...

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