through information exchange wherein forest practitioners work more closely
with forest researchers.
collaboration as well as transdisciplinary collaboration may be required.
Environmental Forum is being designed as a collaborative meeting and work
space to bring together decision makers and stakeholders to apply scientific
and policy information to address critical environmental and natural resource
management issues. Potential users will include resource and environmental
agencies; energy, forest, agriculture, and real estate interests; and land
conservancies, environmental groups, tribes, and NGOs. Five core functions
describe the Forum:
Stakeholders and decision makers can discuss complex and often contentious
issues in a neutral and science-rich setting. The flexible meeting spaces
will support breakthrough discussions with scientists, decision support
tools, presentation and data visualization technologies, and groupware.
Clients will be able to compare ideas and alternative solutions, better
understand and weigh trade-offs, and move toward resolution of complex
Analysis. Scientists and policy staff will collaborate on research and
analytical work that supports decision making. Spaces and tools will be
arrayed so workers can organize their ideas and thoughts. Experts from
diverse organizations will be able to participate directly and use advanced
analysis and data displays and sophisticated information modeling tools.
Repository. Complex projects need access to multiple databases and other
information that often exist at dispersed locations. By providing on-line
access to information, the Forum will be a centralized information access
site to enable teams and individuals to acquire, process, and store
information. Quick and virtual access to information will enable scientists
and policy makers to question, analyze, and identify potential solutions.
Observatory. Forum space will have access for classroom interaction and
student participation and work. Virtual access to environmental and natural
resources projects will provide teaching, research, and project
opportunities. Collaborative work by participants will afford new learning
space and opportunities for innovative teaching and research applications.
|Research Aimed at
Long-Term Solutions. The collaborative working partnership will integrate
knowledge into political deliberations. Information gaps and research needs
for future decisions will be identified. Research and teaching opportunities
will quickly emerge.