This Planet Texas 2050 project seeks to develop co-production and co-governance strategies to connect emerging modeling platforms to environmental nongovernmental organizations (E-NGOs) undertaking efforts to adapt to and develop resiliencies towards current and future environmental change in Texas. Specifically, we ask, what is the role of E-NGOs in preparing Texas’ human and nonhuman populations for a resilient future? How can E-NGOs utilize Planet Texas 2050 data infrastructure and models, and how might co-governance strategies be extended to more inclusively and justly serve those populations? To answer these questions, we develop an inventory of E-NGOs presently operating in the State of Texas, documenting their existing networks, policy agendas, and populations of focus. This inventory will be converted into a digital map, designed as a platform to promote cross-organizational collaborations. Next, we will conduct targeted interviews with pre-selected E-NGOs, where we see the most viable opportunities for cross-organizational collaborations. To date, no such inventory exists. This knowledge gap represents an opportunity to capture the work of E-NGOs that engage with Planet Texas 2050’s four identified critical resource systems (water, energy, urbanization, and ecosystem services) and develop a knowledge-action network that can shape Planet Texas 2050 modeling efforts while also directing programmatic strategies of a network of E-NGOs throughout the state.
Jayme Walenta (project lead – Geography), Patrick Bixler (LBJ), Caroline Faria (Geography), Ji Ma (LBJ), Jonathan Lowell (Planet Texas 2050), and Michael Shensky (Libraries)