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    Program of payments for environmental services in Costa Rica
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-10) Hernández, Natalia Arce, author
    Programs using payments for environmental services to help conserve natural resources have become more and more popular around the world during the last two decades. Costa Rica has been a leader in this field and now has a very successful program which recognizes the value of environmental services and financially rewards the people who provide them. This presentation will explain how this program works and how it has evolved through the years since it was first implemented in 1997.
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    Supporting community-based conservation
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-09) Bartecchi, David C., speaker; Unidentified speaker
    David will be talking about Village Earth's Global Affiliate model, an approach to supporting grassroots organizations around the world that he developed through his fellowship with the CCC. The affiliate model is designed to enable autonomy at the grassroots level while creating accountability for donors. This tension, common among NGO's, often creates an "alien hand syndrome" eroding local autonomy and self-determination.
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    Science narratives: inspiring participation in large landscape conservation in Australia
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-09) Wyborn, Carina, speaker; Unidentified speaker
    Large landscape 'connectivity conservation' initiatives are rapidly gaining prominence across the world. They are motivated by a desire to halt biodiversity decline and preserve ecosystem processes in the face of climate change and habitat fragmentation. At the heart of these initiatives is the motivation and ability of individuals, agencies and institutions to collaborate across multiple scales, land tenures and land uses. In a reasonably short period of time, proponents of connectivity conservation have launched the concept as front and centre in debates about climate change adaptation in conservation. The phenomenon of connectivity conservation has taken hold in Australia and there are now major connectivity initiatives in every state. Additionally, Australia is in the process of developing a National Wildlife Corridor Policy. Drawing on the concept of ecological connectivity, proponents claim to be 'connecting people' while 'connecting landscapes'. This framing intends to create a positive narrative that engages and inspires a commitment to conservation by placing small-scale interventions in a larger landscape context. This framing demonstrates the power of a science-based concept to bridge normative and scientific domains and create a space for meaningful action at the local scale. The presentation will explore how these 'science narratives' have been mobilised to create a shared imperative for collaboration. As these narratives blur the boundaries between science and values in an effort to inspire collective action, they present an interesting opportunity to examine the diffusion and interplay between science and practice in collaborative conservation.
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    The People's Way Project: how traditional way of knowing the land led to the creation of the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway in North America
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-11) Skyelander, Kim, speaker; Unidentified speaker
    For more than 10 years the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (the tribal government of the Flathead Indian Reservation), the Montana Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) tried to collaborate on a project to re‐design U.S. Hwy 93, one of the most beautiful and dangerous highways in Montana. The highway organizations proposed to turn the two lane highway into a four-lane undivided highway with wider lanes and shoulders and straighter and flatter alignments. This is how engineers build safe, cost effective roads. However, the tribal government strongly opposed this plan because of concerns that a four‐lane highway would accelerate non‐tribal development, adversely affect wildlife and wetlands, and damage tribal cultural and spiritual sites. The new highway, the tribes said, should be designed with the idea that the road is a visitor and should respond to and be respectful of the land and Spirit of Place. Finally, after many years of negotiation and stand-offs between the three governments, the project started to flourish. What had to happen for this project to go from drowning in quicksand to becoming one of the most successful culturally and environmentally sensitive highways in the U.S.? Come find out!
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    Indigenous peoples and the collaborative stewardship of nature
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-10) Sherman, Kathleen Pickering, speaker; Sherman Richard T., speaker; Unidentified speaker
    On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Lakota environmental values are embodied in historical, cultural and spiritual connections with land and wildlife. These values are often lost or disregarded in Western approaches to reservation land management. The Indigenous Stewardship Model is a starting point for integrating culturally appropriate solutions to issues of natural resource stewardship and conflict resolution. Developed collaboratively by Oglala Sioux tribal member Richard Sherman and a wide array of tribal elders, indigenous non‐profit organizations, academics and natural resource agencies, the Indigenous Stewardship Model seeks to construct a common language of mutual understanding.
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    Empowering or alienating communities: conservation in Maasailand, East Africa
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-09) Goldman, Mara J., speaker; Unidentified speaker
    Rangelands used by Maasai pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in northern Tanzania and southern Kenya also provide essential wet season forage for various wildlife species. In an effort to assure the continued availability of such pastures for wildlife, various forms of community-based conservation have been implemented throughout Maasai village lands. Costs, benefits, and community participation processes vary with the model used and the communities involved. I compare and contrast the different approaches to highlight how conservation interventions can be either empowering or alienating to the communities at hand. I suggest that participation based on respect for local knowledge and skills is key to empowering communities through conservation. I also argue that participation as well as the degree to which a project is succeeding at benefiting pastoralists is related to whether or not it is succeeding at protecting wildlife.
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    Indigenous landscapes: of mind, spirit and place
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011-10) Scharf, Lee, speaker; Unidentified speaker
    Worldwide, Indigenous Peoples such as Native American nations, participate in collaborative processes with national, state, local agencies, and other Indigenous Peoples as they address conservation and natural resource management issues. At the same time, many Indigenous Peoples have their own traditional dispute resolution histories, current decision making and conflict resolution practices, and legal systems. This Second Cohort Fellows Project sought to understand the use of collaborative processes in conservation practice by Native American nations throughout the continental U.S., both environmentally and culturally. Issues of collaborative conservation practice were identified and it was found that Native American nations have a determined interest in designing collaborative conservation methodologies appropriate to individual tribal decision making as part of developing their own customary law. By visiting over 100 tribal lands in person (and driving over 25,000 miles) and interviewing more than 200 Native Americans about collaborative conservation issues and practice, landscapes of mind, spirit and place emerged as vibrant and connected elements in a world seen differently. Finally, strategic contributions by tribal resource managers, judges, Native American lawyers, and tribal elders to the issues of conservation, resource management, and international law were seen to be deeply defined by a sense of place, a sense which is more than the simply obvious.