White House Conference on Cooperative Education Saint Louis, Missouri: August 29, 30, & 31, 2005. Strengthening shared governance and citizen stewardship
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The order directed the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to convene a White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. The Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency co-hosted the event.

On August 29, 30 and 31, 2005, invited representatives from the public and private sectors convened in St. Louis, Missouri to discuss the advancement of this cooperative conservation vision.

Conference Purpose: Strengthen Shared Governance and Citizen Stewardship

Broaden cooperative conservation with state, tribal and local governments, communities, private for profit and non-profit organizations, and private citizens

Enhance and integrate public and private land stewardship

Bring together key stakeholders and decision makers who can advance cooperative conservation

Identify ideas for future conservation and environmental policies and initiatives

Facilitate the exchange of information and advice for successful partnerships

Institutionalize cooperative conservation to enhance on-the-ground conservation results and progress

Key Conference Outcomes

Expand state, tribal, and local communities’ role in cooperative conservation

Ensure cooperative approach to use of public lands

Measure and monitor results of cooperative conservation

Encourage and reward leadership, innovation and technology

Improve certainty and incentives for stakeholders

Accelerate cooperative conservation as a way of doing business

Conference SponsorsU.S. Department of CommerceU.S. Department of AgricultureU.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Department of DefenseU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyCouncil on Environmental Quality