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To enhance the chances of restoring and protecting Puerto Rico’s beaches by synthesizing guidelines and procedures on beach characterization and profiling, planting, fertilization, irrigation, maintenance, monitoring, etc. and working to identify, inventory, and prioritize beaches that need and can accommodate stabilization with vegetation, or can become sources of plants for nursery propagation and planting. Information will include all permit requirements for beach restoration projects, including those associated with beaches used by sea turtles for nesting. Within the selected prioritized beaches the CAT will develop an education & awareness program, to demonstrate benefits, address needs & expectations and promote...
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Purpose of the PA-CAT:To provide information and guidance in support of establishment and management of comprehensive protected areas systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Role/Tasks:Short-term• Build an open-access national protected areas database consistent with the IUCN classification system applied to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and determine what lands and marine extents are currently under protection and by what mechanisms.• Develop a conservation strategy that standardizes the language used for discussing protected areas in Puerto Rico, details the existing and potential mechanisms and tactics for protection (i.e., acquisition, easements, land use, donation) based on the database,...
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The mission of the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative is to provide science and technology for conservation planning and action leading to a mutually desired landscape of the future (Nassauer and Opdam 2008, USFWS 2012). An essential component of developing a shared vision is a common understanding of the current land and seascape characteristics. This includes the distribution of Trust resources, the condition of Trust resource populations and their habitats, the governance structure impacting them, assessments of threats and vulnerabilities – tied to information on land uses, climate, ecosystem characteristics (e.g., stream flow), and potential future scenarios (Strategy 2012). This is a potentially...
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The conservation community of the Caribbean can feel small, at times, or as vast as the ocean that surrounds us. In a growingly complex world of environmental and social obstacles it is imperative to work collaboratively across ecosystems, scales, disciplines and methodologies. Protecting natural and cultural resources is essential to sustaining our health and quality of life. People, along with the fish and wildlife, rely on clean water and the benefits of healthy rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, grasslands, coasts, coral reefs, estuaries and oceans in order to thrive. Equally as diverse and vibrant as our ecosystems are the Caribbean peoples, histories, and cultures that are arguably just as threatened as our...
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The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) recently completed the CLCC Science Strategy: Mission Alignment to outline shared conservation values among CLCC partner entities. After meeting this important benchmark, Steering Committee (SC) members and outside reviewers suggested that the CLCC adopt a structured approach for integrating shared values and providing greater context and guidance for Science Strategy planning and implementation. This report summarizes the early design and development phases of a Structured Decision Making (SDM) approach applied during a June 2015 SC face-to-face meeting (hereafter referred to as the “CLCC SDM Workshop”) and outlines the next steps in the process.SDM is a formal,...
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Funds under this award are to develop a georeferenced database of the stream crossing structures located within the CLCC and USFWS Habitat Restoration Programs Focal Delivery Watersheds in Puerto Rico: Río Grande de Arecibo and Río Herrera. This information will be valuable to prioritize the removal or enhancement of stream crossing structures for the benefit of the native aquatic fauna and to improve the ecosystem integrity. This initiative will also complement other landscape and multispecies that the Service and the CLCC are conducting in the northcentral Karst region to benefit Federal trust species. In addition, after the implementation of this project we expect to develop (e.g. Story Map) and updated tools...
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This report represents a synthesis of 40 existing plans and strategies from our partnerorganizations and others, input from the greater U.S. Caribbean conservation community, andsynthesis by the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) Science Plan AdvisoryTeam. The goals of the Science Strategy: Mission Alignment are to (1) identify sharedconservation objectives and (2) serve as a foundation for a broad science strategy which willguide collaborative actions for natural and cultural resource conservation in light of globalchange. As an outcome of the synthesis process leading to this report, the CLCC SteeringCommittee has agreed on five priorities that we consider are of the greatest shared conservationimportance...
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The potential ecological and economic effects of climate change for tropical islands were studied using output from 12 statistically downscaled general circulation models (GCMs) taking Puerto Rico as a test case. Two model selection/model averaging strategies were used: the average of all available GCMs and the average of the models that are able to reproduce the observed large-scale dynamics that control precipitation over the Caribbean. Five island-wide and multidecadal averages of daily precipitation and temperature wereestimated by way of a climatology-informed interpolation of the site-specific downscaled climate model output. Annual cooling degree-days (CDD) were calculated as a proxy index for air-conditioning...
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Governmental and nongovernmental organizations charged with managingnatural resources increasingly emphasize the need to work across jurisdictional boundaries.Their challenge is to manage shifting resources under rapidly changing climate andland-use scenarios. Scientists, resource managers, and conservation planners, and theirorganizations and agencies routinely collaborate on projects to solve specific problems.Cooperative frameworks to programmatically address complex social–environmental issuesand develop shared research, planning, and implementation priorities are relatively new.One such framework includes 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives that encompass the US, Caribbean countries, and bordering regions...
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Over the last 75 years, Puerto Rico transformed from an agricultural economy to anindustrialized economy and now faces economic stagnation. These transitions have directimplications for Puerto Rico’s environment, water resources, and the health of its population.The island of Puerto Rico is 8,700 square kilometers, made up of 78 municipios (municipalities)with a population of 3,548,397 people, and rapidly declining.1,2 Puerto Rico’s geography andgeology present a diverse set of challenges to meet the water demands of its people and ensuresafe and sustainable water supply.
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Throughout the Caribbean, conservation is ecologically, politically, and sociallychallenging due to a number of factors including globalization, climate change, loss ofbiodiversity, and the spread of invasive species. Relationships between organizations andinstitutions that govern the region’s natural and cultural resources are key to conservationsuccess as partners work to implement plans to meet science, capacity, and informationneeds. However, the complex challenges involved in conservation work and tenuous relationshipsamong organizations can result in a “knowing–doing gap”. Empirical evidencefrom 130 Caribbean conservation organizations indicates that barriers to bridging this gapare lack of information and...
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This appendix presents detailed proceedings of the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC): Deriving Shared Objectives Workshop held on June 3-4, 2015 and June 9-10, 2015 (hereafter referred to as the “CLCC SDM Workshop”).CLCC SDM Workshop discussions and products for each of the four days are summarized below. Detailed information can also be found on the workshop webpage at the CLCC website (click here).
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As a USFWS Fellow, I worked with Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) staff, USFWS Ecological Services (ES) staff, US Forest Service to (1) develop and implement an acoustic monitoring network to assess native bat habitat use in Puerto Rico and (2) assist in creating an acoustic database structure the existing CLCC web –based data portal to form a base for developing a wider acoustic monitoring program. For the first objective, we were interested in developing a sampling design to assess the potential impacts of habitat variables and habitat disturbance on bat populations and activity. We also posited that the data would be useful for managers of proposed wind farms. This route will help inform permitting...
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Bats play an important role in stabilizing ecosystems by the various ecological functions they provide (Kunz et al., 2011). Mangroves, as well as marshes and estuaries, are productive ecosystems that often provide resources for terrestrial and aquatic organisms, but are vulnerable to human disturbance and sea-level rise, which may eliminate critical habitat for bats. Coastal regions are important during migration, especially for insectivorous bats that depend on these ecosystems for prey Eastern Red Bats play important role in insect population control, especially for agricultural crop pests (Boyles et al., 2011).
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This study quantitatively explores whether land cover changes have a substantive impact on simulated streamflow within the tropical island setting of Puerto Rico. The Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) was used to compare streamflow simulations based on five static parameterizations of land cover with those based on dynamically varying parameters derived from four land cover scenes for the period 1953-2012. The PRMS simulations based on static land cover illustrated consistent differences in simulated streamflow across the island. It was determined that the scale of the analysis makes a difference: large regions with localized areas that have undergone dramatic land cover change may show negligible difference...
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In collaboration with the staff, members and partners of the CaribbeanLandscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC), SustainaMetrix conducteda process to assemble the foundation of an ecosystem governanceknowledge base over the past 11 months. The CLCC includes theterrestrial and marine components of the Puerto Rican archipelago andthe US Virgin Islands. The purpose of an ecosystem governanceknowledge base was to contribute to the early stage development ofthe CLCC with a brief analysis of pressing issues, governance contexts,policy windows, opportunities and strategic actions needed to enhanceimplementation and collaboration among partners. While numerousroutine reporting has been conducted throughout the process of...


map background search result map search result map Dunes Conservation Action Team Geospatial technologies for sustainable landscapes in the Caribbean Implementing a precipitation runoff modeling system with dynamic landcover in Puerto Rico THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING LAND COVER ON STREAMFLOW SIMULATION IN PUERTO RICO Protected Areas Conservation Action Team (PA CAT) Public Health Implications of Puerto Rico’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure Vegetation dynamics related to climate and  land use in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Climate Change Implications for Tropical Islands: Interpolating and Interpreting Statistically Downscaled GCM Projections for Management and Planning Connecting the Dots in Conservation: A Compendium of Conservation Organizations for the Insular Caribbean, Belize, Suriname, and Guayana. Georeferenced Database of Stream Crossing Structures Located in Identified Focal Watersheds of Puerto Rico The Bats of Cabo Rojo: USFWS Faculty Fellowship Differences in the Activity of Eastern Red Bat  (Lasiurus borealis) Among Coastal Regions and Mainlands Developing a landscape scale framework to guide conservation planning for cays within the U.S. Caribbean: A preliminary strategy CARIBBEAN LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION COOPERATIVE DERIVING SHARED OBJECTIVES WORKSHOP:  Summary of proceedings and preliminary outputs of a decision analytic process Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative Deriving Shared Objectives Workshop: Appendix 1. Proceedings and preliminary outputs of a decision analytic process Caribbean Atlas for Management and Planning Opportunities CLCC Science Strategy: Mission Alignment The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative: A New Framework for Effective Conservation of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Caribbean Boundary Organizations as an Approach to Overcoming Science-Delivery Barriers in Landscape Conservation: A Caribbean Case Study Building an Ecosystem governance Knowledge Base for Caribbean LCC: A report on selected project activities and recommendations Public Health Implications of Puerto Rico’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure Implementing a precipitation runoff modeling system with dynamic landcover in Puerto Rico Dunes Conservation Action Team Georeferenced Database of Stream Crossing Structures Located in Identified Focal Watersheds of Puerto Rico THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING LAND COVER ON STREAMFLOW SIMULATION IN PUERTO RICO Climate Change Implications for Tropical Islands: Interpolating and Interpreting Statistically Downscaled GCM Projections for Management and Planning The Bats of Cabo Rojo: USFWS Faculty Fellowship Differences in the Activity of Eastern Red Bat  (Lasiurus borealis) Among Coastal Regions and Mainlands Developing a landscape scale framework to guide conservation planning for cays within the U.S. Caribbean: A preliminary strategy CARIBBEAN LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION COOPERATIVE DERIVING SHARED OBJECTIVES WORKSHOP:  Summary of proceedings and preliminary outputs of a decision analytic process Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative Deriving Shared Objectives Workshop: Appendix 1. Proceedings and preliminary outputs of a decision analytic process The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative: A New Framework for Effective Conservation of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Caribbean Boundary Organizations as an Approach to Overcoming Science-Delivery Barriers in Landscape Conservation: A Caribbean Case Study Building an Ecosystem governance Knowledge Base for Caribbean LCC: A report on selected project activities and recommendations Protected Areas Conservation Action Team (PA CAT) Vegetation dynamics related to climate and  land use in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Geospatial technologies for sustainable landscapes in the Caribbean CLCC Science Strategy: Mission Alignment Caribbean Atlas for Management and Planning Opportunities Connecting the Dots in Conservation: A Compendium of Conservation Organizations for the Insular Caribbean, Belize, Suriname, and Guayana.