Joint Fact Finding
- San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Data Integration Workshop
- In partnership with more than 70 scientists throughout the region, the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) crafted the first phase of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the region from 2011 through 2012. Utilization of the plan required the establishment and maintenance of protocols to ensure that diverse databases were aggregated or integrated where feasible. Part of the challenge that prevented database aggregation to date was that resource agencies differed in how they updated or maintained their databases. CCP helped the Joint Venture and the State Coastal Conservancy design and facilitate a one-day workshop for the San Francisco Bay resource database producers, managers, and users to start to develop a process to integrate these resources. The workshop focused on mutual education about existing resources, as well as identification of logical opportunities and constraints for database aggregation, integration, or analysis. CCP worked closely with SFBJV staff to design an agenda for the day and facilitated the plenary. CCP also facilitated one of three sub-groups during the course of the day. The SFBJV continues to support database integration efforts among Bay area agencies and users.
- Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Scientific Review Committee
- CCP facilitates the Alameda County Community Development Agency’s scientific review committee (SRC) for the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (Altamont Pass). The SRC advises the County on how to reduce high levels of raptor mortality resulting from wind turbine operation in the Altamont Pass. The CCP facilitation team developed a charter for the SRC and began facilitating SRC meetings in 2006. Following a legal settlement in 2007, the SRC was charged with advising the County and the participating wind companies to reduce avian mortalities by 50% by the fall 2012. The CCP facilitation team provided meeting design and facilitation for all SRC meetings, as well as ongoing strategic consultation with the parties. CCP created a website for the SRC to share information about its meetings and monitoring efforts in the Altamont Pass. CCP has also mediated disputes among science committee and monitoring team members.
- 21st Century Invasive Pest Management Symposium Series
- The California Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) initiated this ongoing series of statewide dialogues in 2011. The main purpose of the collaborative public participation effort was to increase awareness and understanding of emerging science, technological innovations, best management practices, and regulatory improvements associated with invasive pest management, specifically in the context of globalization and climate change. CCP assists the DFA’s effort to obtain input on departmental priorities and to identify partnership opportunities among stakeholders. Between 100 and 150 participants attended each symposium, and included representatives from the state’s $31 billion agricultural industry, including conventional and organic agriculture associations; community-based, anti-pesticide coalitions; university research divisions; public health advocates; state and federal customs and inspection agencies; and the plant and tree nursery industry. Symposium topics included trade, exports, and quarantine; invasion biology; education and outreach; and exclusion, prevention, detection, and risk management; and intervention. Each symposium involved a combination of panel presentations, plenary discussions, keynote addresses, and small group work and reporting. Challenges included diverse expertise and levels of familiarity with technical and regulatory issues; historical conflict over pest management interventions; and social and cultural divisions between rural agricultural producers and urban agricultural consumers. CCP and DFA have completed two symposia. CCP and DFA are in the process to plan the remaining four, with each event including a series of tailored presentation materials and detailed meeting summary of input and recommendations.