This study examines the extent and adequacy of biodiversity information currently being generated in New York form the point of view of representative decision makers. It also identifies impediments to the use of such information and suggests ways to design formats for biodiversity information to increase their accessibility to decision makers.
The Environmental Law Institute conducted 57 phone interviews with key decision makers in New York between June and August 2000. The interviews targeted representatives from state, federal, and regional management agencies; land acquisition, planning, environmental, and state education organizations; business and industry; and research institutions. Respondents were selected and interview questions were developed with guidance from the New York State Biodiversity Project Steering Committee. Given the selective and small sample, this assessment was designed to reveal general, non-statistical trends among respondents and related sectors.