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Dahlem Conference: Monitoring and Management in the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program

Ecological systems like the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) reserve network in San Diego County are difficult to monitor and manage because they are inherently complex and variable across space and through time. Management of these systems is further hampered by the web of regulations, agencies, and personnel involved in decision making and management activities. This workshop was designed to provide a collaborative forum to address some of the key scientific and organizational challenges facing the San Diego MSCP. The workshop focused on three main topics, each representing different challenges in the successful monitoring and management of multi-species, multi-jurisdictional conservation plans. These included 1) how to effectively address different spatial and temporal scales, 2) how to prioritize and coordinate among numerous species and organizational levels, and 3) how to overcome impediments and develop solutions for coordination and implementation of successful monitoring and management programs.

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