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Environment and Natural Resources

When it comes to the health of our planet, we are all stakeholders. And while climate change may sometimes seem to be the only environmental issue capturing public attention, countless other important and contentious issues concerning the Earth’s environment and natural resources remain to be addressed.

These issues include everything from air and water quality to land use management to the conservation of endangered species. And unfortunately, issues like these often have a way of pitting parties with differing viewpoints against each other in what may seem like a zero-sum game.

Meridian’s expertise lies in helping diverse parties move past entrenched positions and toward mutually agreed-upon and effective solutions. We have convened and managed collaborative problem-solving processes on a wide array of natural resource topics, including forests, biodiversity, public lands, oceans, endangered species, wildlife management, and air quality, among many others. Our projects have ranged in scale from on-the-ground management and site-specific decision-making to high-level dialogues on federal regulatory policy to international negotiations.

No matter the topic, these projects bring together the widest possible array of stakeholders, including industry representatives, environmental advocates, government officials, and members of local communities.

Everyone has an opinion about how to manage Earth’s vital resources. From the local to the global arenas, Meridian Institute brings disparate voices together and moves initiatives into consensus and action.

    • Everglades Adaptive Management Program
    • From 2002-2012, Meridian Institute provided process design and facilitation services to RECOVER, the inter-agency body that provides scientific and technical support to managers involved in implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and the CERP Adaptive Management Strategy.
    • Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
    • The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is a bipartisan collaboration of senior leaders representing a diversity of viewpoints and interests in our oceans and includes former members of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and Pew Oceans Commission. A primary goal of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is to accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform.
    • Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Strategic Planning
    • Meridian Institute is providing facilitation and strategic planning support to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology as this venerable institution undertakes the development of a new, multi-year strategic plan. Meridian will work with Lab leadership, managers, staff, and other stakeholders to help the Lab outline a fresh set of strategic goals, objectives, and actions for its next five- to ten-year strategy. The development of the strategic plan will involve extensive interviews, at least one leadership retreat, and ongoing consultation with the Lab Director, Board, and other key staff.