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Meridian Institute

Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS)

External Project Site: nccwsc.usgs.gov/
Related: Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources, Science and Technology

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) established the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS or Committee) to provide advice to DOI, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in particular, on the operations, partnerships, and science of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the DOI Climate Science Centers. The Committee includes representatives of other federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies; nongovernmental organizations; private sector entities; and academic institutions. From 2012-15, Meridian Institute supported the Committee by working with DOI, USGS, and Committee members to manage the substantive agenda of ACCCNRS, prepare meeting agendas, facilitate and document ACCCNRS and subcommittee meetings, support and document development of Committee recommendations, and address logistical and administrative needs of the ACCCNRS.  In June 2014, the Committee submitted its first two formal recommendations to the Secretary, suggesting mechanisms through which DOI should strengthen its efforts to engage tribal and indigenous peoples and large private landowners. In April, 2015, the Committee submitted a Report to the Secretary of the Interior with nine consensus recommendations in the areas of co-production of actionable science, partnerships, tribal and indigenous peoples, and program evaluation.