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.
NOAA en el Caribe le complace anunciar que ya está disponible por primera vez una versión en español de la última edición de nuestro boletín “NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter”. Al hacer disponible una versión en español del boletín,esperamos ampliar nuestra cobertura en el Caribe.
NOAA in the Caribbean is pleased to announce that a Spanish language version of the NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter is available for the most recent issue. By making a Spanish version of the newsletter available, we hope to expand our coverage in the Caribbean.
Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi spoke about the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative this morning during a U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Oversight Hearing on the Department of the Interior’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. You can read his testimony here. You can see the YouTube video here.
He states at the beginning of his testimony, “First, the Department of the Interior is supporting ecosystem-based resource management decisions in Puerto Rico in an integrated fashion with the local community through a landscape conservation cooperative or LCC approach that your predecessor, Secretary Salazar, launched nationally in 2010. The Caribbean LCC, the most recent one formed, is bringing the best available science to bear to preserve habitat, and to respond to climate change effects on land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources in Puerto Rico. This approach is facilitating a great synergy of all the resource agencies and non-federal partners, and I urge the Department to continue budgeting resources for the national network of LCCs.”
The CLCC Staff posts notes from our weekly staff meetings as part of our efforts to follow the 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.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (AST)
Participants: Kasey Jacobs, Brent Murry, Bill Gould, Ben Crain, Marixa Maldonado, Gary Potts
Notes compiled by: Marixa Maldonado
Location: GIS laboratory/ IITF-Jardín Botánico
“El Campo” Strategy
Updates on upcoming meetings/ activities
1.The Caribbean Atlas for Management Planning Opportunities, or El Campo (the countryside, in Spanish), is a new tool we are developing as part of the CLCC Data Center. It will be much more than an online tool, though, more of a process or framework that allows existing data and knowledge to be easily integrated into decision making. Principally, it will serve as a foundation for creating and communicating current conditions and future scenarios of our land and seascapes. It will be a mechanism to explore future scenarios and develop a shared vision of risks, opportunities, and options. We are envisioning it would be a communication tool, an analytical tool, and a record of past, present, and potential future views and conditions of our environment. El Campo would be an electronic Atlas (maps) that will include spatially explicit information (layers) on resources, climate, conditions, infrastructure, governance, regulations, jurisdictions, species distributions, ownership, management, protected areas, population, traditional knowledge, land uses, historical information, future scenarios, vulnerabilities, and opportunities. The Atlas will be Dynamic, Spatially-explicit, Scientifically-based, Well-documented, Interactive, Bilingual, Terrestrial-Marine, Forward-looking, Virtual, Publically-available, Comprehensive, and Adaptive. The Caribbean Atlas for Management Planning Opportunities will be a process, a source of data, a way to connect and converse about potential scenarios, a place to add your knowledge, compare your vision, and assess synergies, conflicts, cumulative impacts, and sustainable futures.
2.To start developing the El Campo process and further refine the CLCC framework we brainstormed an implementation project that could be done in the short-term and through an RFP to be released in the next few months. The project would be based off of a management question or questions in related to conservation planning for future scenarios of freshwater around a particular reserve or region. The project would be built on existing data and information from the CLCC and our partners as well as participatory and structured decision making methods. Details to be announced soon.
3.We also discussed current CLCC projects and future projects that are in the pipeline or could be via an RFP this year based off the draft science plan priorities. The decision was made to have a meeting with project leads soon to develop Science Delivery and Communications strategies for each so that when they are complete we can quickly and effectively deploy the information to the appropriate decision makers and line up next steps. CLCC’s ongoing products are:
• Support for the San Juan Bay Estuary’s sea level rise monitoring
• Support for a project working with LIDAR in the Northeast of PR
• Spatially explicit hydrological data for PR and USVI by watershed
• Vegetation modeling
• Urban growth model for PR and USVI
• Down scaled-climate data (statistically data available and being put into maps and dynamical will be available in 2 years)
• Future stream flow scenarios by watersheds of PR and USVI
• Ecosystem Governance (compendiums and survey data being analyzed)
• Better resolution of land cover for the island
• Important Bird Conservation Areas publication
4. The CLCC will also organize a set of small workshops in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands during the next six months to further each of the projects and CLCC science plan development with the objective of identifying conservation challenges and bringing key partners together for implementation projects led by the CLCC.
The US Virgin Islands has a long history of human-environment interactions. The profound ties of the local community to the marine environment are particularly notable. For centuries, US Virgin Islanders have been sustained from dependence on the sea for its resources and this can be seen as far back as the Salidoid and Taino era, in the colonial era, and during US sovereignty leading up to the present. Over time, though the level of dependence has changed, one thing holds true, US Virgin Islanders are deeply connected with the sea and its fisheries resources which support local consumption and livelihoods. With changing generations, fisheries heritage and culture is at risk for being lost considering dynamics in fishing gear, technology, methods, fisher perspectives and community interest. Thus, it is critical now to capture, document, showcase and celebrate USVI fisheries heritage and culture to ensure generations to come understand and appreciate the significance of fisheries resources and habitats as well as the important role that fishers play in maintaining balance of both the resource and fisheries heritage and culture.
To address this need, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC), NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and Sea Grant Puerto Rico, in collaboration with other local and regional partners of the Marine Outreach and Education USVI Style Initiative: “Don’t Stop Talking Fish” project (DSTF) are in the process of coordinating a fisheries-based cultural event with focus to build awareness and appreciation for fisheries resources, habitat and fishers. MOES-VI aims to increase community awareness and compliance with fishery regulations while fostering effective dialog concerning sustainable use of Territorial fishery resources and marine resource management in general. Specifically, DSTF is a collaboration between NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or NOAA Fisheries Service), USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC) and Friends of St. Croix East End Marine Park to build community awareness and knowledge of the fisheries management process, the roles of management agencies, and the most recent fisheries rules and regulations, while further developing community appreciation for the ecological, cultural and heritage aspect of the USVI fisheries, fishers, and the St. Croix East End Marine Park (STXEEMP). This will be accomplished through implementation of the first annual DSTF Cultural Event to be held at Great Pond, St. Croix, during Territorially-designated “Fishers Appreciation Week” [1VIC§199a], specifically Saturday, June 28, 2014, and for the development and implementation of a media campaign to promote the DSTF mission and event. The event will include the following components:
• a fisheries management workshop aimed at building community awareness regarding the fisheries management process and rules and regulations (e.g. annual catch limits and accountability measures);
• activities to engage families in interactive and creative ways to teach them about essential fish habitat (EFH), fish species regulated by the CFMC and DPNR, and the significance of sustaining USVI fisheries from an eco-heritage and cultural aspect;
• a mini-film festival showcasing sustainable fisheries management and community practices throughout the world and premiering the “Don’t Stop Talking Fish” film, which is being created through a collaborative effort between NOAA CRCP, CFMC, Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, and Earthbound Studios to build community awareness and appreciation for EFH, fisheries, and fishers.
• an educational/entertainment component showcasing local artists to address USVI ecology and culture as themes in their songs and a “Fish Chant” contest with reggae songs about Essential Fish Habitat, fisheries, and fishers relevant to USVI eco-heritage and culture written by students (i.e. Grades 5, 6, 8 and 9); and
• an expo with exhibits from agencies and entities that play a role in marine and fisheries management and conservation (e.g. local and federal resource managers, NGOs, and community associations) organizations as well as the day in the life of a fisher;
For more information and to volunteer check out their website at www.dontstoptalkingfish.com.
The USDA has established a Southeast Regional Caribbean Climate Sub Hub located in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. This multi-agency effort is led by the U.S. Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry and co located with the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The Caribbean Climate Sub Hub is one of seven Regional Hubs and three Subsidiary Hubs nationwide. This network of Climate Hubs will work with USDA to deliver science based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners that will help them to adapt to climate change and weather variability by coordinating with local and regional partners in federal and state agencies, universities, and the public.
The Hub will provide:
• Outreach and education for land managers on ways to mitigate risks and thrive despite change.
• Technical support for land managers to respond to drought, heat stress, floods, pests, and changes in growing season.
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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The information and tools found on this site are resources for individuals, and public and private entities to assist with cooperative conservation efforts. Tools and information may change over time. The CLCC and partners make every effort to provide accurate and useful information. However, the partner agencies, their employees and contractors assume no legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed herein.