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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.