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Conservation across the Great Lakes requires unprecedented collaboration among scientists, resource managers and administrators, business leaders, and policy makers. Collaborating effectively to protect the Great Lakes, however, requires a continuous supply of data and knowledge, accompanied by up-to-date information about progress towards regional goals. As part of the Blue Accounting program, the Nature Conservancy is supporting the development of Great Lakes Inform, an information management and delivery system designed to contribute to information infrastructure in the region.

 Great Lakes Inform is a free, online platform designed to increase the efficiency of regional conservation and resource management in the Great Lakes. Great Lakes Inform is a “first-stop” shop to find, share, and access information that helps resource managers and decision-makers address key Great Lakes issues.

 Great Lakes Inform complements the many existing websites that provide valuable data, tools, maps, and general information to the Great Lakes community. Great Lakes Inform integrates and displays these resources, making it easier to find information about key Great Lakes issues.

 Great Lakes Inform gets the right information to the right people in the right format by providing following services:

  • ​See the big picture: The six modules and related content allow all users to see the context of each information resource, including how it specifically supports a given management strategy and how it relates to other resources.
  • Learn about Great Lakes ecology: All users can access learning resources to gain ecological and resource management knowledge they need to become more informed participants in helping address challenges facing the Great Lakes.
  • Share information: Registered users can share their conservation actions and information resources with the region.
  • Find collaborative strategies and regional goals: All users can read about management strategies and shared, regional goals for specific issues as drafted by collaborative groups focused on specific Great Lakes issues.
  • Follow and assess progress towards regional goals: All users can see the status of issues at local to basin-wide scales based on metrics selected by issue-based collaboratives.