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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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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 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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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 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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Natural protected areas are geographic spaces clearly defined and delimited through legal or other effective means for the long-term conservation of their natural resources, biodiversity, ecosystem services and associated cultural values. This GIS file provides the latest compilation (as of the 15th of December of 2015) of the natural protected areas of Puerto Rico. This dataset includes all protected areas owned and managed or co-managed for the conservation of nature and natural resources by the following agencies and organizations: Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA), Para la Naturaleza, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
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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...
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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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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...


    map background search result map search result map THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING LAND COVER ON STREAMFLOW SIMULATION IN PUERTO RICO Protected Areas Database Public Health Implications of Puerto Rico’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure 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 Organizations for the US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico. Connecting the Dots in Conservation: A Compendium of Conservation Organizations for the Insular Caribbean, Belize, Suriname, and Guayana. 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 Building an Ecosystem governance Knowledge Base for Caribbean LCC: A report on selected project activities and recommendations THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING LAND COVER ON STREAMFLOW SIMULATION IN PUERTO RICO Protected Areas Database Public Health Implications of Puerto Rico’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure 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 Organizations for the US Virgin Islands & 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 The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative: A New Framework for Effective Conservation of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Caribbean Building an Ecosystem governance Knowledge Base for Caribbean LCC: A report on selected project activities and recommendations Connecting the Dots in Conservation: A Compendium of Conservation Organizations for the Insular Caribbean, Belize, Suriname, and Guayana.