In late 2011, Meridian Institute staff facilitated a two-day multi-stakeholder meeting called the National Partners Dialogue to discuss and hear input regarding the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Climate Science Centers (CSCs). Held in Arlington, Virginia, the dialogue was convened and organized in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Ecological Society of America, and The Wildlife Society.
Meridian and these same nonprofit partners led a series of five outreach workshops in 2008 and 2009. Those workshops led up to the establishment of the NCCWSC by the USGS, at the behest of Congress, to research the complex effects of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals. The CSCs were established in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to provide fundamental science and tools to landscape conservation cooperatives and resource managers.
The objectives of the 2011 National Partners Dialogue were to:
Provide stakeholders with a progress report on the implementation of the NCCWSC and the CSCs;
Solicit feedback on a draft of emerging national priorities for natural resource-related climate adaptation science by the NCCWSC and CSCs and on their approach to science delivery; and
Identify opportunities and strategies for enhancing the operations of the NCCWSC network.
More than 60 stakeholders from federal agencies, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, and tribal groups attended the National Partners Dialogue meeting. A 40-page meeting report describing the deliberations was subsequently drafted and is available in the documents section.