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Monday, January 25 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Information Management To Support Collaborative Decision Making

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AUTHORS: Scott Sowa, The Nature Conservancy; Mary Khoury*, The Nature Conservancy; Shawn Weis, The Nature Conservancy; Amber Datta, The Nature Conservancy; Eugene Yacobson, The Nature Conservancy; Sandy Carter, The Nature Conservancy

ABSTRACT: Conservation across a region as large as the Great Lakes requires unprecedented collaboration among scientists, resource managers and administrators, business leaders, policy makers and the public. Successful collaborative adaptive management of conservation issues stems from three key enabling conditions: programs, procedures, and policies that support collaborative adaptive management; regional goals developed and supported by stakeholders in a formal collaborative process; and, information management and delivery that adequately helps conservation practitioners and managers access, understand, and incorporate science and research into their decisions. The latter often does not receive enough attention. However, effective gathering, sharing, and information delivery must occur to improve collaboration, ensure that science informs decisions, and create a transparent atmosphere where all actors understand conservation actions and decisions. For the nascent Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Collaborative to reach its vision of a connected Great Lakes that is optimized for desired species and ecosystem processes, it must have a robust information management and delivery strategy. This talk will provide principles of information management and delivery that support large-scale collaborative adaptive management and highlight the features of an online-platform, Great Lakes Inform, built to provide these information services.

Monday January 25, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm EST