About

Mission

The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC)’s mission is to develop and provide the best available conservation science and strategies to agencies, decision-makers, organizations, researchers, and the general public, in order to conserve, restore and sustain natural and cultural resources in the US Caribbean.

Vision

The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) aims to be a catalyst for collaboration and a primary source for science-based information to sustain natural and cultural resources in Caribbean land and seascapes. The CLCC provides a regional context for conservation planning and management at several scales, from making decisions on site management, understanding the implications of management actions at the regional, national and global levels. It offers a platform for partners working to integrate information, perform regional assessments of conservation status, assess future scenarios, and collaborate in applied conservation science. The CLCC supports site level conservation initiatives and complements other landscape conservation strategies to restore, manage, and conserve natural resources in the region in the face of climate change and development pressure.

LCCMap_with_caribbeanThe Caribbean LCC is part of a national network of 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). A Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is an applied conservation science partnership among state and federal agencies, regional organizations, tribes, NGOs, universities and other entities within a geographic area. LCCs are designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes – at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility.

History

Order Number 3289 of the United States Secretary of the Interior establishes Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), a network of public-private partnerships that provide shared science to ensure the sustainability of America’s land, water, wildlife and cultural resources. As a collaborative, LCCs seek to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify gaps, and avoid duplication through improved conservation planning and design. Partner agencies and organizations coordinate with each other while working within their existing authorities and jurisdictions (http://www.doi.gov/lcc/index.cfm).

Caribbean LCC was created in [2012] to assess the conservation status of species and habitats in the Caribbean and to provide a guiding vision for sustainable land and seascapes in the future, by taking into account landscape-scale stressors, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, urban sprawl, invasive species, and water availability. The CLCC includes the terrestrial and marine components of the Puerto Rican archipelago and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many members of the cooperative also work at an international level, thus bringing that capacity to the CLCC as we recognize the connectivity of these islands with the greater Caribbean and the continental regions through shared species, habitats, and conservation opportunities and goals.

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