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Fikret Berkes


University of Manitoba


Dr. Berkes is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, and former Tier I Canada Research Chair in Community-based Resource Management (2002-16). He is an applied ecologist by background, combining social and ecological perspectives for the study of relations between societies and their resources. He is particularly interested in small-scale fisheries and fishing communities and has co-authored an e-book freely available since 2001 ( Also on marine resource use is his Coasts for People (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Berkes works on theoretical and practical aspects of community-based management, commons, traditional ecological knowledge, and social-ecological resilience. He has authored some 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters, including eleven books. He has participated in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; the UNDP Equator Initiative in conservation-development; and the Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) Task Force of IPBES. His honors include the IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature CEESP Inaugural Award for Meritorious Research (2016); IASC Elinor Ostrom Award for Senior Scholar (2015); and the ESA Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award (2014) for the book Sacred Ecology.

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