The Aleutian & Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI-LCC) is one of 21 LCCs established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes. They are designed to provide connections between researchers and managers seeking to address large landscape and seascape concerns. By identifying opportunities for collaboration, providing additional science-based information to inform management decisions and by working with the Alaska Climate Science Center and other partners, the LCC will help managers anticipate and respond to climate driven changes.
The ABSI-LCC facilitates conservation planning and informs resource management actions on broad geographic scales to address challenges that may be linked to climate change. The ABSI-LCC focuses on science-based approaches rather than having any regulatory or policy role that belongs with LCC partners. The participating bureaus are the Bureau of Land Management, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The ABSI-LCC is not anticipating full development until 2012, but will use this time period to establish an initial partnership of interested agencies and organizations.