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Wednesday, January 31 • 8:20am - 8:40am
SYMPOSIA-14: Collaborative Efforts to Prevent and Control Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region

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AUTHORS. Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission

ABSTRACT. The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is an interstate compact agency, founded in state and federal law, and dedicated to coordinating and fostering a regional approach to Great Lakes management. As a regional coordination body, the GLC interacts extensively with all sectors of the Great Lakes community. The GLC’s work depends on solid partnerships and collaboration with multiple interests at the local, state/provincial and federal levels. This is done primarily through multi-stakeholder forums comprised of individuals with relevant experience and expertise. This is particularly true for aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention and control, which is a long-standing priority of the GLC. The network of collaborative efforts working to advance effective and coordinated approaches to AIS prevention and control in the Great Lakes region is extensive and robust. A key component of this network is the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, for which the GLC has served as coordinator for more than 25 years. The GLC also facilitates other regional forums and collaboratives, including the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee, and the Great Lakes Phragmites and Invasive Mussel collaboratives. Further, the GLC actively engages with partner groups to support and advance common AIS priorities, including the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 6 Subcommittee, the Conference of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers AIS Task Force, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the International Joint Commission, the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, and other regional ANS panels, among others. This presentation will focus on lessons learned and best practices for collaboration developed through these experiences.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 8:20am - 8:40am CST