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35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
How can forest commons enhance biodiversity?
What property rights arrangements are effective for managing forests?
What is the future of community forest management?


September 13 - 17, 2021






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May 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

September 3, 2021

(Panels, Individual Talks, Other Contributions):
September 7, 2021

Add to Calendar 09/13/2021 07:00 AM 09/17/2021 05:00 PM America/Phoenix IASC 2021 Forest Commons Virtual Conference Online, Worldwide


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Welcome to the

IASC 2021 Forest Commons Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, and webinar panel discussions on forest commons, broadly conceived. The conference will include live and pre-recorded talks as well as other types of contributions.

As one of a series of virtual conferences organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), this virtual conference aims to broaden a dialogue between traditional commons scholars, practitioners and researchers from the IASC and related global change research communities, regional research networks and organizations working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities. These include but are not limited to the Global Land Programme, the International Forestry Resources, and Institutions among others.

Aim & Scope

This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on forests as a commons. We will cover traditional dimensions of forest commons such as community managed forest systems as well as other forms of forest systems governance. Participants working on protected forests, forest ecosystem services, self-governance and polycentric forest governance are encouraged to contribute to the conference. The week will be shared with an additional virtual conference on land commons, given the interconnection of the two topics.



  1. Community Forest Management, Taking Stock and Future Paths
  2. Forest Commons, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  3. Forest Governance, Institutions and Polycentricity
  4. Forests, Protected Areas and Fortress Conservation
  5. The Role(s) of Leadership in Forest Commons
  6. Formalization of Property Rights and its Effect on Cooperative Behavior
  7. Forest Commons Grabbing and Privatization
  8. Tele-Coupled and Long Distance Impacts on Forest Commons
  9. Community Forest Management, Taking Stock and Future Paths
  10. Forest Commons and Deforestation
  11. Politics of Forest Commons, REDD+ and Fortress Conservation
  12. The Emergence of Local Institutions for Forest Governance Inequalities and Community-based Forest Governance



The focus of a webinar is debate.  Panelists may make short statements after which there is a moderated discussion during which questions from the audience are addressed.  The duration of the webinar is 1 hour.

A session consists of at least four 10-minute video presentations and has a designated space on the conference website. Conference participants can interact with the speakers asynchronously in the comments section of the presentation. A special session also has a live component during the conference where there is an hour-long moderated discussion on common themes between the panelists and the audience.

An individual presentation is a pre-recorded 10-minute video. Participants asynchronously interact with the presenter about the talk in the comment section. We will invite speakers to be part of a live session during the conference with speakers of presentations with similar topics to have a moderated discussion on cross-cutting issues among their presentations.

Short films and artistic works related to the themes, interviews or other online activities.


Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.


Five Days

Five days packed with prerecorded sessions and live events.


Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events.


Important Dates

July 1, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission

July 1, 2021
August 1, 2021

Notification on acceptance/rejection

August 1, 2021
September 3, 2021

Deadline for pre-recorded video submission

September 3, 2021
September 13 - 17, 2021

Event dates

September 13 - 17, 2021



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How to get the most out of the IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference

Welcome to IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference! We are excited to have you on board! Whether this is your first time attending a virtual conference, or if this is one of many that you have experienced, we would like to give you some tips to increase your focus and make the most of your time during this event.

Block off your calendar

When we attend an in-person conference, part of what makes it special is being away from home, office, and our usual daily routine. We suggest that you do the same for this virtual conference. Let your employers, students, colleagues, and family know that you are immersing yourself in this 3-day conference. We are offering real-time panel discussions and networking events. Get the real-time events that you want to attend onto your calendar first. Then schedule time for yourself to enjoy the pre-recorded presentations.

Using Slack

During this conference, we will be communicating in real-time through a Slack workspace with a variety of Slack channels. If you are not familiar with Slack, check out this tutorial.

Interact with other participants

Encourage friends and colleagues to attend the conference with you. Utilize the comment sections on the pre-recorded presentations to ask questions and create dialogues about various points of view. Schedule 1-on-1 virtual meet-ups with people you meet during our various events. Throughout the conference, a virtual meeting place will be available for you to interact with other attendees at any time. We will be using the platform as discussed in “Conference at a glance”.

Let this event have a lasting impact

After the conference, the presentations will still be available to you. Live events will be recorded and posted for you to watch again. Stay connected to the participants you met while networking. If you are not an IASC member, consider joining and participating in future events.

Create a gravatar for your comments

We strongly recommend that you create a gravatar so that your picture is displayed next to your comments. 


1.  Visit the Gravatar website to sign up. It’s located at

2.  Click on the “Create Your Own Gravatar” button.

3.  Sign up for Gravatar with a account. Or click Already have a account? to sign in. 

4.  Click on the link in the confirmation email. Check your spam folder if you don’t see an email from

5.  Go back to Gravatar and login if necessary.

6.  Click the “Add a new image” button.

7.  Click the “Upload new” button.

8.  Click “Choose File” and pick a profile picture from your computer. Then click “Next”.

9.  Crop your image by moving the box that is overlaid on the image you choose. Then click on “Crop Image” below.

10.  Choose an image rating that reflects the content of your avatar. Then click the “Set Rating” button below.

Be aware that the use of an image that is X-rated will automatically prevent you from using it on a number of websites.

11.  Start using it. When you create accounts on other websites with the same email address and that site uses Gravatar, your profile image should automatically be set to your currently selected profile picture from your Gravatar account. If you change your Gravatar image for your email account in Gravatar, it should update your profile picture on other sites automatically.

Interact Via


When the conference content becomes available, we will provide a link to join the conference’s Slack workspace. Joining will allow you to communicate directly with other conference participants, coordinate meetups, share information, etc.

Interact with other participants in our

Meeting Room

During the conference, you will be able to mingle with other participants in our Wonder Room (from The video below gives a simple introduction on how to use the platform. Once you log into the conference website you’ll find information about the location of the Wonder Room.

Listen and COntribute to our

Spotify playlist

We are creating a conference theme-based Spotify playlist available to all participants. During the conference, you will be able to add songs to the list.