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Seminar Abstract

D. James Baker - Nov 27, 2001

NOTE special location: Ocean Teaching Building 14

Learning to Manage the Environment: Successes and Failures in the Clinton/Gore Administration

In January of 2001, D. James Baker completed eight years as NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, the longest term of any NOAA Administrator. His talk is a summary of a book he is writing to record his experiences in managing (or trying to manage) environmental resources during that period. Examples, or case studies, will be taken from four areas: weather forecasting, coastal zone management, fisheries, and oceans. In each case, he will outline the history, the issues, what worked and what didn't work, and why. The talk will conclude with a summary of lessons learned from the case studies, and a discussion of how the lessons learned can give direction for the future.

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