Capitol Hill Lunch Seminar - Thursday, March 1, 2018

Assessing Federal Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Capacities


Topic Abstract

This panel will discuss federal capacities to effectively conduct early detection and rapid response activities associated with invasive species. Based on a series of assessments developed in association with the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat, the panelists will examine different parts of the EDRR “process” by looking at how an optimal system would perform and comparing that to present capacities. Engagement with the audience is encouraged and could include such themes as linkages with states and other non-federal actors, models and examples from other sectors, and recommendations for moving forward.


Presenters and topics:

  • Information systems: Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia
  • Identification and reporting: Scott Miller, Smithsonian Institution
  • Assessing risks: Marshall Meyers, Independent Consultant
  • Legal authorities, regulations and policies: Jhoset Burgos-Rodriguez, NISC Secretariat
  • Tools and technologies: Alex Dehgan, Conservation X Labs
  • Moderator: Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council Secretariat