As the Forest Service Liaison and newest addition to your South Atlantic LCC staff, one of my first tasks on the job was to perform a SWOT analysis on the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) tool. A SWOT assessment is a structured planning method used to evaluate the strengths (S) and weaknesses (W) of your organization or product and the opportunities (O) and threats (T) for your organization or product. This nifty assessment is the second such assessment that has been conducted on the TACCIMO tool and, I feel, showcases the dedication and commitment the TACCIMO staff has toward identifying user needs, exposing potential weaknesses and delivering a product that is both efficient and effective in the information and reports that it generates.
Over the course of a month or so (March-April), I was able to conduct 17 key informant interviews from a diverse mixture of natural resource organizations including: the USDA FS, NPS, USFWS, EcoAdapt, NCFS, NCSU, and several LCC’s. I presented the results of this assessment to the TACCIMO staff in mid-June during a strategic planning retreat.
The results not only provided productive feedback and documented current perceptions of the TACCIMO tool; it also revealed some of the general challenges resource managers face when attempting to identify future climate change risks and opportunities. I’m willing to bet many of you have felt the same as one such respondent when they indicated:
“There is a pressure to be transparent that just didn’t exist before and these pressures are coming from all directions…the public is demanding answers, regulations are getting stiffer…but there isn’t a consistent way of going about facing these challenges.”
Another respondent noted:
“The threat of climate change is now clearer than ever…but within those challenges there are economic opportunities for growth and competitiveness. TACCIMO really has an opportunity to coordinate efforts across agencies to combat climate change.”
To take a peek at some of the great feedback, check out this summary report.
Or, if you have any additional feedback or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Lori Barrow (firstname.lastname@example.org), or one of the primary developers of the TACCIMO tool: Steve McNulty (email@example.com) or Emrys Treasure (firstname.lastname@example.org).