Conservation Action Teams

The CLCC Conservation Action Teams (CATs) are where science meets the road. These strategic teams work together on science-based actions that facilitate conservation of land and seascapes. Members include public servants in government agencies, community leaders, advocates, educators, scientists and researchers, students, business owners, and concerned citizens.

The following CATs have been working since 2015 and have been approved by the CLCC Steering Committee:

Protected Areas (PA-CAT)

To provide information and guidance in support of the establishment and management of comprehensive protected areas systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

Promotes common terminology, facilitates communication and improves data sharing among the different agencies and institutions that manage protected areas and conservation programs in these islands.

Partners: PR DNER, VI DPNR, JP, USFS-IITF, USFWS, Para La Naturaleza,  Foundation Alma de Bahía, Bahía Beach Resort, Foundation for Development Planning, Inc., Center for Landscape Conservation, UVI, UPR,  Sierra Club.

For more information: PA-CAT webpage and Protected Areas datasets on Caribbean Conservation Planning Atlas

Offshore Cay Systems (Cay-CAT)

To develop a Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) for the network of 750+ offshore cay systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with participation from the British Virgin Islands.

Working to define what we want the cay land-seascape to look like on a 50-year time horizon and identifying indicators/surrogates/metrics to evaluate current conditions and implement conservation strategies.

Partners: USFWS, NOAA, UVI, USGS, NPS, Island Endemics Foundation, Island Conservation, Jost van Dykes Preservation Society, HJR Reefscaping, PR DNER, VI DPNR, Virgin Islands Bikes and Trails, Birds Caribbean.

For more information: Cays-CAT Group on Caribbean Conservation Planning Atlas

Dune Building and Stabilization with Vegetation (Dune-CAT)

To enhance the chances of restoring and protecting Puerto Rico’s dunes by synthesizing guidelines and methods and working to identify candidate beaches that can accommodate stabilization with vegetation.

With a heavy focus on communications and education, the Dune-CAT works to synthesize guidelines and procedures for profiling, planting, fertilization, irrigation, maintenance, and monitoring through demonstration sites. 

Partners: Mare Society, CRES, PR DNER, LOLA Costanera, UPR, Sea Grant, San Juan Bay Estuary Program, PR Tourism Company, El Huerto para Mi Escuela, individual professional botanists and education specialists.

For more information: Dune-CAT demonstration project article in Quarterly Connections Newsletter or listen to radio interview from December 2016

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