The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) essentially works to develop and provide sound science-based information to help in the conservation of natural and cultural resources. We support diverse conservation initiatives by funding research and providing a platform for partners to facilitate the exchange of information, and we support our partners’ research and conservation-related activities.
This site features valuable information about the U.S. Caribbean and some of the conservation issues we share with the continental United States, including competing demands for open space, climate change and managing for the future, vulnerable coastal habitats, degraded lands in need of restoration, and threatened and endangered species.
El comité ejecutivo y el staff de la Cooperativa para la Conservación del Paisaje en el Caribe le invitan a que nos acompañen el 12 de diciembre de 9:00 am – 4:30pm en Carolina, Puerto Rico (Hotel Verdanza) a nuestra reunión anual de la Comité Directivo de la CLCC y de sus participantes (abierto al público).Acceso remoto estará disponible para aquellos que tienen restricciones de viaje y deseen participar.
CLCC se ha creado para desarrollar y facilitar los mejores conocimientos científicos disponibles y brindar estrategias a las agencias, los responsables en la toma de decisiones, organizaciones, investigadores y el público; con el propósito de conservar, restaurar y mantener los recursos naturales y culturales en el Caribe. Esta reunión tiene el objetivo de clasificar las prioridades como parte del marco estratégico de conservación de la CLCC así que podemos establecer el curso para crear puentes entre ciencia y acción, mar y tierra.
The Steering Committee and Staff of the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative are inviting you to join us on December 12 from 9:00am – 4:30pm in Carolina, Puerto Rico (Hotel Verdanza) to attend our annual meeting of the CLCC Steering Committee and Partners (open to the public). Remote access will be available for those that have travel restrictions and wish to participate.
The CLCC is a partnership to develop and provide sound science and strategies to agencies, decision makers, organizations, researchers, and the public to conserve, restore and sustain natural and cultural resources in the Caribbean. The purpose of this meeting is to further identify priorities and rank them as part of the Strategic Conservation Framework so that we can establish the course for bridging science and action, land and sea.
The CLCC Staff had two staff meetings after government shutdown. One on Friday, October 18 and the other on Monday, October 21 to discuss the priorities for the coming week.
CLCC Staff Meeting
Friday, October 18, 2013
11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Office of Bill Gould (USFS), CLCC Coordinator at IITF Headquarters
Monday, October 21, 2013
10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Office of Brent Murry (FWS), CLCC Science Coordinator at IITF Headquarters
Priorities Identified for this Week
Marixa is in Syracuse attending the Green Infrastructure Summit this week. Can follow the summit and Marixa by searching #GISummit in Twitter
Save the Date for December 12th, 2013 annual meeting went out to mailing list and is posted on the website slider. Will be working with Planning Team (CLCC Staff, Pedro Rios, Susan Silander) this week to finalize agenda for December and work on logistics. Meeting theme: CLCC Strategic Conservation Framework: Identifying priorities and establishing a course for the cooperative conservation of our land and sea
Finish synthesis and strategic plan process description for Monday’s Steering Committee call. Second strategy session on CLCC Strategic Conservation Framework will be in Brent’s office on Thursday afternoon 12:00 – 4:00pm.
Agenda for SC call Monday is welcoming new member Fernando Lloveras from Para La Naturaleza (Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico) to the CLCC Steering Committee. Still working on 8 new PR and USVI agencies and representatives from place-based NGOs. Goal is to have full steering committee (no longer interim) by December 12, 2013.
Need to complete criteria for Conservation Action Teams and send to those members of the conservation community that have expressed interest
Finish two compendiums with Lia Nicholson, Colibri Sanfiorenzo, and Karen Sola (Kasey and Marixa taking lead on editing and formatting). Titles of compendiums: (1) Connecting the Dots in Conservation: USVI & Puerto Rico; (2) Connecting the Dots in Conservation: Insular Caribbean, Belize, Guyana and Suriname
Mailing of thank you postcards to USVI meeting attendees delayed due to government shutdown and other factors. When Marixa returns from Green Infrastructure Summit this week we will get those out.
Final website features will be completed by CLCC staff or Thinkamap ASAP (uploading steering committee biographies and missing links to create an account)
The CLCC Staff will now be posting notes from our weekly staff meetings. This is part of our efforts to follow the CLCC guiding principles, including Be transparent in deliberations and decision-making. Follow the CLCC’s progress as we work to develop a strong partnership that bridges science and action for the lands and seas of tomorrow.
CLCC Staff Meeting
Monday, September 9th, 2013
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Office of Brent Murry (FWS), CLCC Science Coordinator at IITF Headquarters
Highlights from the meeting:
Invitations to potential PR and USVI Steering Committee members-request letters to respective Governors
-We have to review the four territorial agencies proposed to be part of the SC (check meeting notes from from St Croix meeting)
Conservation Action Teams
-The Staff will prepare a document on how to become an action team and send out to all the prospective action teams.
-Coral Reef Task Force Meeting is the week of November 12-15, 2013.
hosting a meeting with CROP including Edwin Almodóvar (NRCS), Raimundo Espinoza, Jean-Pierre Oriol, Aurora Justiniano, Peter Edwards and Ernesto Diaz is a high priority to discuss coastal zone management plans and the Regional Planning Body in particular.
-We discussed the structure, function, and expectations of Conservation Action Teams, the details of which will be drafted up this week.
-Possible action groups:
-CLCC will try to formalize some of these groups before fall meeting in December.
-Ecosystem Governance-they could be an advisory group, part of the science advisory group, or even a conservation action team.
NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter is Now Available!!!
CLCC Steering Committee member Lisamarie Carrubba announced today that the Summer 2013 issue of the “NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter” is now available. The newsletter will also be published on the NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Team webpage at http://www.regions.noaa.gov/secar/?page_id=17 (under “Newsletters”).
In the August 2013 issue, we cover stories on efforts to replant damaged reefs using corals from coral nurseries, sediment testing results from the St. Thomas East End Marine Reserves, seafloor mapping and land acquisition in Northeast Puerto Rico, characterization of non-commercial fishing in St. Croix, and we provide news on NOAA activities and products for the U.S. and wider Caribbean region.
We welcome feedback on the newsletter style and content, and are always interested in receiving contributions from NOAA Line Offices to help connect NOAA and our partners in the Caribbean. Please e-mail your feedback and story ideas to CaribbeanNews@noaa.gov.”
According to the organizers, it is the largest one to date, almost doubling the amount of participants at previous meetings over the past 30 years. This year’s theme, “Forest Management, Climate Change and Biodiversity: Advancing an understanding of Caribbean forest dynamics and creating long-term regional networks”, focuses not only on the unique challenges that forests in the region must face due to climate change, but also on the need to strengthen international networks and increase collaboration among forestry professionals. Climate change, biodiversity, long-term, regional, networks? Lots of key CLCC words and shared interests! We’re hoping our oral and poster presentations help contribute to the Caribbean Foresters goals of strengthening these areas in the region.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Bautista Rojas Gómez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, and included remarks by local and international government officials, such as Héctor Mata (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, Dominican Republic), Alexandria Panehal (Director of the US Agency for International Development, USAID, Dominican Republic), and Ariel Lugo (Director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, IITF, USDA Forest Service, Puerto Rico). The day closed with a wonderful cultural event hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic.
And of course the CLCC has been tweeting throughout the event along with our partners. To follow the twitter conversation search #CFmeeting (and #CFsymposium for the first half of day one).
Here are some highlights:
Caribbean LCC Dr. Lugo “Caribbean has something Central American forests don’t – hurricanes. We have human impacts and hurricane impacts”
Caribbean LCC Great start at Caribbean Foresters #cfmeeting with sponsors @ambienterd @USAID @USFS_IITF @FAOForestry @giz_gmbh @nature_org @CFMeeting
Caribbean LCC Diaz: “@ambienterd of DR started our national system of forest monitoring last year” as part of their REDD efforts #cfsymposium @IUCN_redd
Forest Service, IITF #CFMeeting “El 39% del territorio Dominicano está cubierto de bosque, en Haití no sobrepasa el 2%”,Ricardo Garcia @FAOnoticias RT @CFMeeting
Caribbean Foresters ~6,000 especies de flora nativa en La Española #CFMeeting “Características y Estado de Conservación de la Flora Dominicana” Ricardo García
Conservation Gateway (TNC) RT@Caribbean_LCC There are online lists of species in the Caribbean at http://www.theplantlist.org/ and from @smithsonian http://botany.si.edu/Antilles/WestIndies/ … #CFmeeting
Caribbean LCC at USDA Forest Service
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
1201 Calle Ceiba, Jardín Botánico Sur
San Juan PR 00926-1119.
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