Northwest Environmental Forum
University of Washington
College of Forest Resources
The Forum will play a vital role in shaping the future of the physical, natural, and economic environment of the Pacific Northwest, helping decisionmakers unite with specialists to resolve land and water resource management issues.
"New governance tools and a..."
New governance tools and a trusted convener institution that unites with other critical institutions to find solutions
The best tools of science connecting with practical knowledge and public values to allow confident action
Collaborative and structured involvement for multiple parties addressing complex problems
Facilitation of social learning, where people are empowered to make facts-based choices
An educational observatory where science and public policy come together in a cutting-edge collaboration that frames future public actions.
"Integrate science and policy capabilities..."
Integrate science and policy capabilities of the University of Washington and regional institutions (e.g. WSU) to address public environmental issues.
Assist political leaders to use science, social, economic, cultural, and technological information about natural resources with confidence.
Create a collaboration where scientific research can provide value to the people who need to make decisions about resources.
Build a neutral and trusted interactive problem-solving environment and a new learning space, where information and analytical tools are used effectively.
Create an educational physical and remote classroom where a cutting-edge collaboration can build trust and continuity in public decisions.
"Many political and business leaders..."
Many political and business leaders want to better use scientific, cultural, and economic information to manage natural resources.
Scientific research often fails to inform decisionmakers, and scientists are frustrated that their knowledge is undervalued.
New governance tools and credible, innovative institutions are needed.
Medical science research model is needed, where research has a focus on public need (e.g. genomics and cell signaling research focus on saving lives).
Current mediation models are based on political tradeoffs, rather than shared knowledge of resource values, and have limited long-term success.
"Invaluable Tools for Resource Managers"
Invaluable Tools for Resource Managers, Policy Makers, Planners
A neutral, information-rich setting
Flexible group meeting space, adaptable for technical discussions and working meetings.
Skilled facilitation to support all discussions.
Visual analysis, decision support tools, presentation technologies to help participants compare ideas and solutions, understand and weigh trade-offs, and move toward resolution of complex issues.
Archives of data and remote access for participants and technical providers.
"Collaboration with a purpose"
Collaboration with a purpose
Scientists and policy staff can collaborate on research and analytical work that supports decision making.
Stakeholders and diverse organizations will be able to participate directly and use data displays and information analysis tools.
Indigenous knowledge can be integrated and valued.
"Convening critical capabilities"
Convening critical capabilities
Quick and remote access to information enable scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers to analyze and identify solutions.
Continuity of technical expertise, computing, information retrieval, and classification requires expert management.
Working space sustains on-going discussions, off-scene comparisons, and place-based data analysis.
"An educational observatory"
An educational observatory
Forum space will provide classroom interaction, student participation, and student work.
Environmental projects and case studies will provide teaching and project opportunities.
Cross-disciplinary learning and multidisciplinary teaching should emerge.
The dialogue between technical people and decisionmakers will be improved long-term.
"Cutting-edge research aimed at..."
Cutting-edge research aimed at long-term public solutions
The Forum will be a portal for collaborative efforts to define and bring research initiatives into the University (and WSU).
Innovations such as an “Earth Institute” will generate relevant “big” research.
Organizations like the NW Geospatial Collaborative will add value to the Forum.