Shared solutions to protect shared values

For the Strategy to be effective, it will require an unprecedented commitment for collaboration at all levels of the public and private sector. Public involvement is critical for the implementation of a robust and relevant response to the impacts of climate change, and guidance on priorities, recommended approaches, and issues or suggestions based on local knowledge and experience was extremely important in shaping a common, practical framework for climate adaptation.

First Joint Implementation Work Group Meeting When: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 20 Where: Capitol Visitor's Center, Room SVC 215 (entrance on 1st Street, SE)

We are excited to announce the first meeting of the NFWPCAS Joint Implementation Working Group (JIWG). The mission of the JIWG is to promote implementation and provide a forum to discuss needs, opportunities, challenges and progress.

Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting to initiate an on-going dialogue around Strategy implementation.

To attend, you must RSVP by November 11 to Davia Palmeri (dpalmeri@fishwildlife.org). Seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis (one representative per organization please).

Our continuous engagement process was designed to provide stakeholders full opportunity to contribute to this effort and to ensure participation and input from a wide variety of communities and voices. This included:

  • A variety of targeted interviews and listening sessions with federal, state, and tribal critical stakeholders were held in 2009
  • Three Conservation Leadership Forums to provide an opportunity for initial public input around the direction and approach of the effort were held in 2009 and 2010
  • Initial public input for drafting the Strategy was solicited via a Federal Register Notices in June 2011
  • Major meetings and planning sessions were opened to the public in order to establish transparency in the development process
  • Several briefing and discussion sessions and opportunities for collaboration with a variety of state and local resource managers and associations were held throughout the development process
  • There was significant outreach to scientific and other experts during the technical development of the Strategy, including a full scientific peer review in November 2011
  • Federal, state, and tribal agencies were invited to review the Strategy and provide comments to the Management Team in November 2011
  • Tribal consultation on the Strategy was initiated in April 2011, and seven workshops and an online webinar focused on tribal engagement were held in early 2012.
  • A series of public review sessions were held around the country to solicit feedback and build understanding before and after release of the initial draft in January 2012

During agency review, comments were received from 17 federal agencies, 15 state agencies, and 2 tribes and tribal commissions. During the public review period, comments were received from 54,847 individuals, 51 non-governmental organizations, and 17 governmental entities. Comments were also received from five tribes. Of the comments, the vast majority were supportive. More than 2,500 comments were substantive. All comments received during all reviews (agency, tribal and public) were categorized, evaluated on the merits, and incorporated or addressed as appropriate in the final Strategy.

We want to hear from you. For questions about the Strategy, its development, or how to become involved, please contact us.