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Articles from the WWF: Developing a Scalable River Basin Report Card: The Orinoco River Report Card project
Blog Highlights Permanent Link
Meta River basin newsletter cover
The Meta River Report Card Workshop newsletter was produced collaboratively by IAN and WWF.
Meta River Workshop newsletter Permanent Link
The Meta River Report Card Workshop newsletter, released in both English and Spanish, summarizes the outcomes from the report card workshop that took place in Puerto Lopez, Colombia. Values, threats, and indicators were the key items determined during the three day workshop. We also established a technical working group to develop the indicator thresholds and scoring, along with a timeline for release of the report card. IAN is developing report cards for three tributaries of the Orinoco River in Colombia.

Orinoco River Basin Report Card was released in Bogota, Colombia.
Cesar Suarez, Alexandra Fries, Simon Costanzo, Sarah Freeman and Sindy Martinez at the event.
Orinoco River Basin Report Card released in Bogota, Colombia Permanent Link
On July 6th, the Orinoco River Basin Report Card was released in Bogota, Colombia. Simon Costanzo and Alexandra Fries, along with partners from WWF US and WWF Colombia launched the report card at the Maloka Museum to over 100 attendees. The release included the report card results, several videos highlighting the Orinoco River, an interactive game on how well participants knew the river, and specialty foods from the Orinoco. Overall the report card was a huge success, and stakeholders in the region plan to continue using the report card and improving it over time by adding new indicators and data. To learn more, visit the report card website at orinocoriver.ecoreportcard.org.

Group photo of brainstorming team from WWF and IAN
Group photo of brainstorming team from WWF and IAN: Back row (left to right): Simon Costanzo, Tom Dillon, Bill Dennison. Front row (left to right): Evan Tueller, Sarah Freeman, Alex Fries, Karin Krchnak, Catherine Blancard.
IAN partnering with the World Wildlife Fund Permanent Link
IAN has begun what is planned to be a lasting relationship with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to advance our collective vision of achieving better conservation outcomes globally. Simon Costanzo, Alex Fries, and Bill Dennison travelled into the WWF US Headquarters in Washington D.C. for a brainstorming session on a global approach to environmental report cards (or scorecards) to assess rivers of the world. Currently, IAN and WWF are partnering on a report card for the Colombian tributaries of the Orinoco River, which is the platform for expansion of the partnership to some of the 273 transboundary rivers that WWF have prioritized. The combination of IAN and WWF skills and capacity appears to be a great fit for successfully achieving this goal and will be a significant step in IAN's evolution moving forward.

Simon and Alexandra on the Orinoco River
Simon and Alexandra out on the Orinoco River after the workshop with partners from WWF Colombia and the Omacha Foundation.
Bita River report card workshop held in Colombia Permanent Link
The second workshop for the Orinoco Basin Health Report Cards occurred in August 2015 with the stakeholder engagement meeting in Puerto Carreno, in the Vichada Department of Colombia. More than 46 representatives from 25 organizations attended the workshop aimed at identifying the environmental, social, and economic indicators that will form the basis of the Bita River Report Card. Indicators were chosen based on the top values and threats identified as key to the future sustainability of the Bita River basin. Participating institutions included the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Humboldt Institute, Corporinoquia, Omacha Foundation, Fundacion Orinoquia, and WWF Colombia.

Simon Costanzo at the Meta River workshop, Columbia
IAN Science Integrator, Simon Costanzo, presents during the Meta River workshop.
The Meta River Report Card Workshop Permanent Link
The Orinoco Basin Health Report Card was officially kicked-off in June 2015 with the first stakeholder engagement meeting in Puerto López, in the Orinoquía Region of Meta Department, Colombia. Alexandra Fries and Simon Costanzo traveled to Colombia along with our partners from the WWF office in Washington DC, Sarah Freeman and Catherine Blancard. More than 40 representatives from 19 organizations attended the workshop aimed at identifying the environmental, social and economic indicators that will form the basis of the Meta River Report Card. Indicators were chosen based on the top values identified as key to the future sustainability of the Meta River basin. Participating institutions included the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Humboldt Institute, Corporinoquia, Omacha Foundation, Fundacion Orinoquia, and WWF Colombia.

Participants of the Guaviare River workshop
Over 50 people participated in the Guaviare River workshop.
Guaviare River Report Card workshop - Colombia Permanent Link
The third workshop for the Orinoco Basin Health Report Cards occurred in September 2015 with the stakeholder engagement meeting in San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia. More than 55 representatives from 27 organizations attended the workshop aimed at identifying the environmental, social, and economic indicators that will form the basis of the Guaviare River Report Card. Indicators were chosen based on the top values and threats identified as key to the future sustainability of the Guaviare River basin. Participating institutions included the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Humboldt Institute, Sinchi Institute, Omacha Foundation, and WWF Colombia among others.

Particpants at IUCN session play the report card game
Participants play the Report Card Game during the WWF/UMCES session at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
Report card gaming at IUCN World Conservation Congress Permanent Link
Simon Costanzo attended the biennial World Conservation Congress held this year in Hawaii. Together with our partners from the World Wildlife Fund, a session was held where conference attendees could step outside their comfort zone and role play as a e.g. fisherman, politician, industry CEO, in the newly released Report Card Game. Attendance and reviews were excellent initiating much interest in the report card process. The timing was perfect as the panda (famous logo of WWF) was taken off the endangered species list days before at the same conference by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

What's a river worth website
WWF highlighted the Orinoco River in their quarterly magazine.
Orinoco River Report Card Highlighted in World Wildlife Magazine Permanent Link
The WWF UMCES Partnership continues to successfully grow and expand with the release of a magazine article on the Orinoco River Report Card. The article: What's a river worth? In Colombia's portion of the Orinoco River Basin, a cross section of society converges to assess a river's health, was published in the Spring 2016 version of the quarterly magazine. The Orinoco River Report Card is currently being developed, with a scheduled July 2016 release, and the article highlights some of the stories in the Orinoco region. You can view the article on WWF's website.

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