Bluhon Group | Facilitating Scientific Consensus for Wetlands Policy

Facilitating Scientific Consensus for Wetlands Policy

Challenge

Bluhon provided strategic planning and facilitation for the Science Teams Goals Integration

Workshop in support of the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals report. The report — managed and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board – involved more than one hundred participants from local, state, and federal agencies, and academic and private sector stakeholders. The overarching goal was to develop recommendations to restore and preserve the baylands and adjacent habitats of the San Francisco Estuary based based on ecological and physical science.

Approach

Bluhon assisted the Resource Managers Group (RMG) in the design and facilitation of a five-day workshop for team scientists to consider the collective recommendations of four study groups and integrate them into a unified vision. The RMG used a species-based approach to developing the goals organized by: Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles and Invertebrates; Fish; Shorebirds and Waterfowl; and Other Baylands Birds. RMG members were regional and state resource agency staff responsible for authoring the final report.

Outcomes

Key outcomes included a habitat integration map that synthesized the recommendations of each of the focus teams; design and management practices to optimize habitat functions; and a list of of potential restoration sites. The results formed the core of the administrative draft report and the subsequently published “Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals” (1999).

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