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The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) Symposium will be held at the annual SEAFWA conference on Wednesday, November 4 from 8am to 12 noon.  The symposium is right in line with the conference theme for the Southeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies annual conference theme: Conserving Large Landscapes.  Examples of other topics include

  • Tuesday, 8 – 10 am, Identifying State Frameworks for Large-scale Conservation of At-risk Species in the Southeast; 
  • Tuesday, 1 – 3 pm, Large Landscapes and Biodiversity Conservation in the South;  
  • Tuesday, 1 – 3 pm, Landscape-scale Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Local Government Land Use Planning.  

The flow of the SECAS session is

  • SECAS as envisioned by leadership in the southeast, and current activities;
  • LCCs as the hosts of conservation blueprints at various stages of development;
  • access to conservation network designs and supporting information through the Conservation Planning Atlas;
  • the role of the Southeast Climate Science Center with more specific information about 2 current projects;
  • a fine example of one collaboration for conservation delivery;
  • a synthesis of the Gulf as a working example of complex science-planning-implementation;
  • and summary/forward looking thoughts from Bill Uihlein of USFWS. 

Download the revised SECAS Symposium agenda as of Oct 21, 2015  

Symposium – Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

November 4th, 2015  

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (break at 10:05 – 10:20)

The network of landscapes and seascapes, an essential element of the Southeast 

Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS), is developing through the work of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and their partnership with state fish and wildlife agencies in the southeast United States.  The Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) works with the LCCs to identify global change-related information needed by the broad conservation community, and promotes decision science relevant to current and future conservation challenges.

The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy is already presenting a more comprehensive and collective vision for conservation in the southeast United States. Identifying the most important lands and waters that will meet the needs of fish and wildlife for future generations is not the only outcome of SECAS, but it is a critically important element.  Building on conservation planning efforts already in place, SECAS brings to the broad conservation community a spatially explicit depiction of the network of landscapes and seascapes…. the emerging conservation blueprint. 

The unique role of SECAS is to identify and support the steps necessary to regionally plan, implement, and evaluate actions that sustain habitat, mitigate threats, and adapt to future conditions.  Strategic planning and implementation are iterative steps, looking far into the future but focused on the next steps.  This symposium will present recent progress and suggest important next steps for key elements of this conservation adaptation strategy, 1) network of landscapes and seascapes, 2) conservation collaborations, and 3) landscape change information.   

Guided by a conservation blueprint that represents the landscape conservation priorities of the conservation community, SECAS provides the comprehensive vision for a desired future conservation landscape that will guide decision making to generate more robust conservation outcomes between now and 2060 in the Southeast United States. 




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