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ACCCNRS Approves First Report to the Secretary of the Interior

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

On March 30, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS) formally approved its first Report to the Secretary of the Interior. The report commends the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Department of the Interior (DOI) for achieving significant accomplishments with its national center and eight regional Climate Science Centers (CSC), and provides nine recommendations to clarify and enhance the program's efforts. The Committee’s recommendations focus on the co-production of actionable science, strengthening coordination and collaboration with partners, tribal and indigenous peoples matters, and program evaluation. The report also includes a how-to-guide, titled, “Guiding Principles and Recommended Practices for Co-Producing Actionable Science. “ This guide is intended to help the staff of DOI, CSCs, and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC)— as well as the decision makers and resource managers with whom they work— effectively collaborate in developing scientific information that is useful and relevant to those who make decisions about how to conserve biodiversity and cultural resources in a changing climate. In addition, the ACCCNRS report includes a program evaluation framework for the CSCs, and the executive summaries of two other documents to which committee members contributed: “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: A Primer” and “Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives”(both documents are available at https://climatetkw.wordpress.com/). The full ACCCNRS report is available for download at https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/acccnrs. ACCCNRS will continue to advise USGS and DOI on issues of strategic importance to the NCCWSC and CSCs.