About the PICCC

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The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) was established in 2009 to assist those who manage native species, island ecosystems and key cultural resources in adapting their management to climate change for the continuing benefit of the people of the Pacific Islands. Part of an international Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Network, the PICCC consists of Federal, State, private, indigenous, and non-governmental conservation organizations and academic institutions forming a cooperative partnership that determines the overall organizational vision, mission, and goals.

Functions of the PICCC

The PICCC provides scientific and technical support for landscape-scale conservation in an adaptive management framework. We support climate change adaptation planning and biocultural conservation design by prioritizing and coordinating research, developing decision support tools, and translating research results into actionable information. These functions are accomplished by a core team working at the direction of the PICCC Steering Committee and interacting at multiple levels with the technical and executive staffs of the Member organizations. Specific functions include:

  • Iterative science-based planning and landscape-level prioritization that focuses conservation programs on the components of the landscape most sensitive to environmental change, including analyses of landscape components of particular cultural use or social significance.
  • Development of a collaborative infrastructure that allows the full spectrum of conservation activities (research, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and refinement) to function as an integrated yet iterative endeavor.
  • Coordinated application of geospatial and other information management technologies as necessary to plan, monitor, and evaluate activities and outcomes at various eco-regional scales.
  • Coordinated and leveraged delivery of private, state, and federal conservation program actions targeted at priority species, habitats, and other natural and cultural resources.
  • Active engagement with communities regarding future directions in island ecosystems and conservation priorities.
  • Analyses of alternative management approaches and formulation of recommendations for policy makers, resource managers, and Pacific Island communities.