Ecosystem report cards are transformative assessment and communications products that compare environmental data to scientific or management thresholds. Not only do report cards communicate the health of a river or watershed to a broad audience, but they are a vehicle for stakeholder engagment and shared visioning. Take a look at some of the report cards that IAN has produced:
About these report cards
Chesapeake Bay: This has been an ongoing project with the Chesapeake Bay Program, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other partners since 2006 to track the health of the Chesapeake Bay. These report cards have tracked conservation efforts and revealed while the health of the Chesapeake is poor, it is steadily becoming better, particularly with the decrease of nutrient load.
Mississippi River: This report card assesses six subbasins that make up the Mississippi River Basin. IAN is working alongside the Nature Conservancy in order to update the original report card, which was released in 2015.
Orinoco River, Colombia: IAN created this report card in 2016 in collaboration with World Wildlife Federation and partners in Colombia, South America. It demonstrated a model of how a report card could be used globally. This is the first of its kind in Columbia and the first report card created in South America. The Orinoco River basin received a B-, demonstrating that it was in decently good health, but needs a sustainability plan in place to ensure that it remains healthy.
Tuul River, Mongolia: This report card is part of our Healthy Rivers for All partnership with the World Wildlife Federation. IAN helps train local staff on the production of the report card as well as co-facilitates the initial kickoff meeting for the report card project.