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In late March, a working group of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which represents North America’s state fish and wildlife agencies, developed a white paper on landscape conservation collaboration. The white paper identifies key challenges and lessons learned for landscape conservation, and emerged from the AFWA working group that was convened to examine existing landscape partnerships and their governance structures, commonalities of success, approaches, partner roles and other attributes. Beginning first at a regional level, the white paperreviews efforts in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Western regions to understand key drivers, challenges, and successes for collaboration in each region. A broader discussion across regional contexts follows, and the white paperconcludes by identifying opportunities and next steps. One of the recommendations is to host a forum to gather input from broader audiences, including NGOs — the Network for Landscape Conservation has been in discussions with the AFWA working group chair to convene this type of forum later this summer. Another recommendation that is now being worked on is to expand a set of best practices that were developed by the Northeast states and included in the white paper.

Read the paper on the AWFA website here!