Projects for Simon Costanzo

Kwando River Basin Report Card

2021-03-09 —

The initial workshop to develop the Kwando River Basin Report Card took place from 9–11 March, 2020 in Kasane, Botswana. More than 35 diverse stakeholders from 19 institutions came together at this workshop to conceptualize the river basin, create a shared vision, and discuss indicators for the Kwando River Basin Report Card. The report card aims to strengthen transboundary water governance and inclusive decision making mechanisms across the four countries that the basin transverses:


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Photo by Paul Tashjian.

Rio Grande Resilient Basin Report Card

2020-07-01 — 2022-07-01

WWF with partners in the region will be developing a ‘Resilient Basin Report Card’ to assesses the challenges in the Upper Rio Grande sub-basin and provide recommendations on climate-smart responses to address them.


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Darwin Harbour Report Card

2020-01-01 — 2022-01-31

The Darwin Harbour Report Card is a partnership of universities and provincial governments collaborating to evaluate the social, environmental and economic health of the Darwin Harbour region in the Northern Territory of Australia. The project seeks to engage the people of Darwin Harbour and scientific experts to gain an understanding of the pressures and state of Darwin Harbour lands and waters.


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Development of an Ecosystem Health Report Card for Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, India

2019-01-01 —

UMCES Integration and Application Network has been working with the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) since 2012 to develop science-based solutions for coastal communities. This project is a collaborative effort of NCSCM, UMCES, and the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change to develop an ecosystem health report card for Bhitarkanika Conservation Area in Odisha, India.


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Lower Kafue River Basin Report Card Development

2018-02-01 — 2019-12-31

This project is a continuation of the partnership between The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences to develop a standardized methodology for designing and implementing report cards that assess the health some of the world’s most prominent freshwater basins. UMCES and the WWF are currently collaborating with Zambian stakeholders to create a report card for the Lower Kafue River Basin.


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Harriet Tubman Railroad Natural Resource Condition Assessment

2018-01-01 — 2019-03-31

The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework.


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Tuul River Basin Report Card Development

2017-07-03 — 2019-03-29

UMCES and WWF have partnered to facilitate the development of Report Cards in many iconic and threatened river basins across the world. UMCES, WWF, and the Tuul River Basin Authority are collaborating on the development of a river basin report card in the heart of Mongolia. UMCES is participating in a series of workshops as trainers, assisting WWF-Mongolia in the development of the report card, including troubleshooting and providing guidance as the Report Card progresses.


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Gateway National Recreation Area Natural Resource Condition Assessment

2015-11-01 — 2017-06-30

The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess the condition of Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey, is aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework for each park.


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USGS Climate Change Research Activities Synthesis

2015-08-01 — 2019-08-31

The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs), and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. This project aims to conduct synthesis and dissemination of the state of knowledge, research activities, and information gaps that exist within the eight Climate Science Centers (CSC).


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