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Webinar. Revealing the Role of Local Stakeholders in Landscape Conservation Design: A Social Science Inquiry

What is the role of local stakeholders and social data in the Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) process? How can information on local stakeholder and social data be used to increase the efficacy and utilization of LCDs by conservation organizations?

Research currently being conducted by Dr. Daniel Decker and doctoral candidate Catherine Doyle-Capitman of the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University seeks to understand these and other questions.

Key to this inquiry is identifying and understanding local-scale organizations, agencies, and individuals who are both interested in resource management and who have the power to bolster or impede implementation of conservation-promoting management actions. Join us to find out about mid-study theories, findings and future direction related to engaging local stakeholders and considering social data related to these stakeholders’ interests, values, and knowledge during LCD development.

Date and Time: WednesdayApril 12th at 12:00 pm MT (2:00 pm ET)

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Crucian Conservationists Look at Action Plan | VI Source

CLCC in the News for Landscape Conservation Design Workshop in St. Croix

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Source: VI Source

“Leading the afternoon session, Brent Murry asked attendees to come up with how they envisioned the landscape – natural and urban – on the islands in five or 10 years. He then asked if that vision is what people really wanted the landscape to look like. He said conservation groups are often good on high-level objectives but action needed to be taken at the ground level.

Murry represented Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a partnership trying to advance science and action for the future of natural and cultural resources. This cooperative of conservation entities looks to conserve landscape while maintaining ecosystem integrity, human well-being, and the preservation of cultural and historical resources. It has two pilot programs in Puerto Rico and is looking to establish another in the Virgin Islands.
Murry said a similar meeting was held last month on St. Thomas and that another public meeting on the action plan is tentatively scheduled on St. Thomas for March 22.”


Two Pilot Areas Selected in Puerto Rico and Process Begins in US Virgin Islands

By Brent Murry, CLCC Science Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo Credit: Luis Villanueva-Cubero

Photo Credit: Luis Villanueva-Cubero

The Steering Committee has focused the Cooperative’s attention on developing landscape conservation design (LCD) as a tool to facilitate collaborative, large landscape conservation and to help address multiple shared partner objectives (i.e. ecosystem integrity, human well-being, and preservation of cultural and historical resources).  Recognizing that this level of collaborative conservation is not well-tested, the decision was made to select a pilot area to focus the Cooperative’s efforts.  Focusing in a pilot area allows the Cooperative to focus resources and align partner investments and efforts with greater ease. By doing so, there is a greater probability of synergistic conservation outcomes and a better understanding of how to best approach collaborative conservation.  A ‘ridge to reef’ model was adopted because the Cooperative understands and values ecosystem connectivity.  To this end, watershed units (HUC-10) were selected as the base unit for pilot area selection in Puerto Rico.

A decision model using seven qualitative (expert opinion scores) and eight quantitative criteria was developed and weighted by participant values.  The model was parameterized prior to the September 2016 Steering Committee meeting and the model was demonstrated and discussed.  Through discussions revolving around the watershed specific attributes relative to the selection criteria, the Steering Committee selected two distinct pilot area regions, each with a different focus to not only improve conservation in Puerto Rico, but to also explore ways to proceed with collaborative conservation into the future.

The Rio Grande de Arecibo watershed was selected as the primary pilot area where the Cooperative will develop and implement LCD.  The Rio Grande de Arecibo was selected largely due to its importance for providing water for human (and ecological) uses.  In addition to the groundwater and surface water reservoir resources, the Rio Grande de Arecibo watershed is relatively highly forested with some agriculture in the uplands (e.g. the Bosque Modelo project is in this watershed and so exists the opportunity to coordinate). It is also within the expansion area identified critical for the recovery of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Aquatic connectivity was also discussed as a top priority in this region.  Finally, although most partners have interests in the region there are relatively few existing cross-agency plans that reach across all the partners in the region. The CLCC is empowered to explore the full capacity of the partnership to develop and implement long-term conservation strategies (e.g., LCD).

The Steering Committee also elected to adopt a secondary pilot area, the Rio Herrera to Las Cabezas de San Juan watersheds, essentially the larger Northeast Corridor region, where several partners, including NOAA, DRNA, Para La Naturaleza, and US Forest Service have significant endeavors underway.  The intent of selecting this region is to explore the ways in which the Cooperative can interact and support other on-going landscape conservation partner-led initiatives.  As opposed to leading conservation efforts as in the Rio Grande de Arecibo the idea in the Rio Herrera to Las Cabezas de San Juan watersheds will be to play a supplemental role. The Cooperative will try to bring new resources in support of existing efforts and/or identify gaps in existing efforts, especially relative to the priorities and objectives of the Cooperative that may or may not be being addressed by existing efforts.  The NE Corridor region also differs tremendously from the Rio Grande de Arecibo in that it is more coastal focused and more densely populated.

These two pilot areas were selected because of their differences and what developing collaborative conservation under each scenario can teach us as we continue to forge ahead pioneering new approaches to large landscape collaborative conservation. Visit our Landscape Conservation Design webpages to learn more: the pilot watersheds main pagewhy the Cooperative is using LCD and the detailed methodology for choosing the pilot areas.

The CLCC Staff and Steering Committee are currently in the process of selecting pilot area(s) in USVI.


CLCC Meeting report: Deriving Shared Objectives

The CLCC  recently completed and approved our first science planning document titled,CLCC Science Strategy: Mission Alignment, as an initial step toward identifying shared conservation priorities. While the document met its stated objectives, Steering Committee (SC) members and outside reviewers have suggested the next step is to develop a framework for implementation. To carry out this step, SC members approved the use of a process called Structured Decision-Making (SDM).  SDM is a formal, prescriptive, values-based method for analyzing a decision by breaking the decision into components. The specific process used in the workshop is called “PrOACT,” which refers to the decision components: Problem, Objectives, Alternatives, Consequences, and Tradeoffs.  For the purposes of the CLCC, SDM provides a tool for achieving transparent, purposeful, and collaborative co-production of conservation—specifically, multi-partner landscape conservation design (LCD) for the Caribbean region.

To begin working through PrOACT the SC spent four days in El Yunque National Forest with decision support coaches Angela Romero and Mitch Aid (US FWS), Peter Freeman (USVI Independent Consulant) and Wanda Crespo (Estudio Technicos, Inc).

The objectives of this face to face meeting were to (1) introduce participating SC members to the SDM process so that they are comfortable with the process, its application, and its usefulness; (2) Frame “The Problem” SC members are jointly addressing (i.e., Step 1 of PrOACT); and (3) Develop a set of actionable “Objectives” based on CLCC shared values and priorities (i.e., Step 2 of PrOACT).

Steering Committee members agreed upon the following Decision Statement:

“The Caribbean LCC Steering Committee will develop and implement coordinated, efficient, and effective landscape-scale conservation design and strategy to conserve, restore and sustain ecological and cultural resources and services and human well-being in the Caribbean inside and outside of CLCC jurisdictional boundaries. The CLCC recognizes the following constraints and uncertainties: political and social environments, finances, multiple decision making authorities, diverse values, competing priorities, and climatic and ecological dynamics.”

The CLCC Steering Committee recognized themselves as the focal decision-makers and the organizations they represent as the implementers.  The decision timeframe includes a 5-10 year planning horizon, 10-20 year implementation period (to institutionalize LCD), and the impacts of decisions will range from the present to 60 years to quasi-infinite.  The group also agreed that the region of interest is the “terrestrial and marine components within the EEZ of the U.S. Caribbean, and Navassa Island, with consideration of relevant drivers, policies and impacts originating in the wider Caribbean region. The wider Caribbean is defined by UNEP.”

The Steering Committee also agreed upon four Fundamental Objectives, which will frame all future collaborative efforts of the CLCC (no particular order):

  1. Maximize use of available operational resources
  2. Maximize public well-being and satisfaction
  3. Maximize the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial resources
  4. Maximize the integrity of cultural and historic resources

The Steering Committee agreed to create Tiger Teams, or subteams with a specific short-term task, to flesh out specific objectives and indicators for each of the Fundamental objectives.

Click here for the Executive Summary of the workshop report and the Appendix, which features a fully detailed overview of the 4 day workshop. Questions on this science planning process should be directed to CLCC Science Coordinator Brent Murry.
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Executive Summary of the Deriving Shared Objectives Workshop

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Appendix – a detailed overview of the Deriving Shared Objectives workshop