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March 23, 2015

Developing an Index of Resilience to Climate Change Impacts to the Great Barrier Reef – Workshop 3, Townsville, Australia.

This is part two of a three part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015 The Great Barrier Reef Resilience Index As part of a joint project of UMCES and Charles Darwin University, Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison and I […]

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March 9, 2015

Mackay Report Card Workshop – Mackay, Queensland Australia 24 February 2015.

As a follow-on from the Gladstone Harbor Report Card, which IAN helped design last year, I had the chance to help Queensland Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) develop a draft report card for the next region, in Mackay. I attended the workshop in Mackay on February 24, to facilitate the discussion about report cards, discuss […]

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March 6, 2015

Our first report card in South America – The Orinoco River Basin, Colombia

This February, I headed further south in America than I have ever before…..to Colombia in South America (still in the northern hemisphere though at 3o N). This trip was on invitation from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington D.C. with the aim to set up a report card for three tributaries of the Orinoco […]

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March 2, 2015

Collective impact and ecosystem health report cards: The product enables the process

This is the second of two Blogs about the intersection of the Collective Impact approach and ecosystem health report cards. In Part 1, I discuss the principles of collective impact, and how our report card process can be a catalyst for engagement. Part 2 discusses two examples of this process, the first, in the Willamette […]

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February 23, 2015

Kick-starting Collective Impact in Five Easy Report Card Steps

This is the first of two posts about the application of report cards to enable a collective impact process. The collective impact model facilitates positive change Collective Impact is a term used to refer to collaborative projects that create “needle-moving” changes to complex and intransigent problems. I ran across the term for the first time […]

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February 4, 2015

Does rising sea level signal the end for LUMCON, or a beginning?

On December 10, I traveled to Cocodrie, Louisiana, to visit Dr. Nancy Rabalais. Nancy is the Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), and she has done more than anyone else to draw attention to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Nutrients in runoff from the Mississippi watershed trigger low-oxygen conditions in the shallow […]

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January 15, 2015

Creating reporting boundaries for the Long Island Sound environmental report card

One of the important decisions in developing environmental report cards is choosing the reporting region boundaries. In addition to defining the overall extent of the report card coverage, defining the reporting regions within this coverage is crucial. Since one of the central tenets of environmental report cards produced by the Integration and Application Network is […]

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December 23, 2014

Salt marshes and Superfund sites – a trip to coastal Georgia

Alex Fries and I traveled to Brunswick, Georgia to facilitate a workshop on a coastal Georgia report card for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division. Where is Brunswick, Georgia, you ask? Brunswick is approximately 1 hour north of Jacksonville, FL off the I-95 corridor.                 […]

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December 16, 2014

Within Our Reach provides insights into engaging communities and restoration of the Willamette River

Tracey Saxby and I were in Corvallis, Oregon this week for the “Within Our Reach” conference on Willamette River restoration. The conference is supported by the Myer Memorial Trust (MMT) and is the brainchild of Pam Wiley, the Willamette River Initiative Director for MMT. IAN has been working with MMT for several years now, beginning with […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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