Committees and Teams

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Consensus-based decisionmaking

APNEP engages citizens and organizations through its committees to ensure a coordinated approach to managing the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership pursues its mission of identifying, protecting, and restoring the estuary's natural resources with guidance and support from its advisory bodies, regional partners, and its ecosystem-based Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). APNEP's initiatives are guided by input from a diverse group of regional partners and stakeholders. Together, we work to protect and enhance one of the nation's most valuable estuaries.

APNEP’s advisory committees, including the Leadership Council and Science and Technical Advisory Committee, provide direction and oversight for APNEP. Action Teams tackle the topics listed in APNEP’s management plan, deciding how APNEP should spend its funds to address pressing issues related to each Team’s area of expertise. Monitoring and Assessment Teams, which are also topic-based, work to develop ecological indicators that will help APNEP to assess the “health” of the Albemarle-Pamlico region, and then continue to monitor that health on an ongoing basis.

The committees that make up APNEP's Management Conference are those that are listed in the Partnership's Executive Order #26, and include the Leadership Council, Science and Technical Advisory Committee, and Implementation Advisory Committee. The Implementation Advisory Committee has not yet convened, but will be composed of representatives from the region.  

APNEP's Monitoring and Assessment Teams and Action Teams are ad-hoc groups, meaning that they have been convened to tackle specific issues and will be created and dissolved as necessary to effectively implement APNEP's CCMP.