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Assessment of Biodiversity and Climate Change; Request for Public Comment and Nomination

May 8th, 2023

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides science to support the mission of the Department of the Interior.  In the FY22 budget, Congress charged the USGS with developing an assessment of the linkages between biodiversity and climate change. The USGS, in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Mexico’s La Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), and with assistance from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation’s John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution (National Center), will undertake a two-year (2023-2025) regional assessment of biodiversity and climate change, culminating in the first-ever assessment report addressing these two challenges together for the United States, Canada, Mexico, U.S. territories, and Freely Associated States.  This notice announces the opportunity for the public to comment on the draft prospectus for the assessment, provide nominations for membership on the assessment authoring team (administered by the USGS), and provide expressions of interest in serving on the Biodiversity and Climate Change Assessment Guidance Committee (Guidance Committee) which will be convened by the National Center.


  • Comments regarding the draft prospectus must be submitted no later than July 7, 2023.  

  • Nominations for participation on the authoring team must be submitted no later than July 7, 2023.

  • Expressions of interest or requests for additional information about the assessment Guidance Committee must be submitted no later than June 7, 2023.  


The draft prospectus may be viewed and downloaded electronically here:

You may submit comments, nominations, an expression of interest, and/or a request for additional information, by any of the following methods: by e-mail to or through the portal at; or


To request additional information about this information collection request (ICR), contact Katherine C. Malpeli by email at or by telephone at 919-896-5029. Individuals in the United States who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability may dial 711 (TTY, TDD, or TeleBraille) to access telecommunications relay services. Individuals outside the United States should use the relay services offered within their country to make international calls to the point-of-contact in the United States. 


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