Upcoming Events

IMBER-ADApT: A Decision Support Tool for Responding to Global Change

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Noon EDT / 9 am PDT / 4 pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by the IMBER Human Dimensions Working Group.

Global change is occurring now, often with consequences far beyond those anticipated. Although there is a wide range of assessment approaches available to address specific aspects of global change, there is currently no framework to identify what governance responses have worked and where, what has facilitated change and what preventative options are possible. To respond to this need, we developed IMBER-ADApT, an integrated assessment framework that builds on knowledge learned from past experience of responses to global change in marine systems, to enable decision-makers, researchers, managers and local stakeholders to: (i) make decisions efficiently; (ii) triage and improve their responses; and (iii) evaluate where to most effectively allocate resources to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience of coastal people. IMBER-ADApT is intended to enable and enhance decision-making through the development, a typology of case-studies providing lessons on how the natural, social and governance systems respond to the challenges of global change. Fisheries, which suffer from multiple pressures, are the current focus of the proposed framework, but it could be applied to a wide range of global change issues. Learn more about IMBER-ADApT at www.imber.info/index.php/Science/Working-Groups/Human-Dimensions/IMBER-ADApT.

This webinar is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Lessons Learned: Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Tourism

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Martha Honey, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Coastal resort and cruise tourism are the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry, and uncontrolled, large scale tourism development is causing an array of environmental damage to beaches, coastal waters, and some MPAs. In addition, coastal & marine tourism is both a contributor to and victim of climate change. This presentation  examines some of these problems, as well as efforts by industry innovators to construct and operate coastal and marine tourism in ways that minimize environmental impacts and mitigate and adapt to climate change. This webinar is cosponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

EU Discard Reduction Manual: A Guide for Fishermen, Fishery Managers and Member States

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 3pm GMT / 4pm BST

This webinar will be presented by Karly McIlwain, Engagement Manager; and Erik Lindebo PhD, Senior Consultant for Environmental Defense Fund EU Ocean Program. The webinar is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

The European Union has recently introduced a new set of laws under its reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) that ban the discarding of unwanted and unmarketable fish and require that all catch be landed. CFP legislation also requires that all overfishing be ended by 2015 for the majority of fish stocks and by 2020 for overfishing to end completely.

In March, Environmental Defense Fund released the first ever user-friendly guide to help EU fishermen, fishery managers and Member State regulators find ways to successfully implement the landing obligation. In this Webinar, two of the Discard Reduction Manual’s key developers will discuss the management tools presented in the document and how they can best be practically applied on the water, drawing on success stories such as the UK North Sea and English Channel Discard Pilot Projects, which across the fleets reduced discarding to a rate of 0-6%.

Our Manual is not prescriptive, and we hope that the sharing of such ideas and experience in this Webinar will help them to evolve and grow. At the end of the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask in-depth questions, and during this time we welcome your feedback on the guide’s practical application.

Global Fishery Recovery: Possibilities and pathways for the future

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT

What is the potential of the world’s ocean fisheries? In this webinar, Environmental Defense Fund and partners will discuss new research on the potential of the world’s ocean fisheries. The presentation will focus on the current status of global fisheries and the possible biological, social and economic outcomes from recovering the many that are currently at-risk. This webinar is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Live Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Noon EDT / 9 am PDT / 4 pm GMT

The UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme (WHMP) was created in 2005 to establish effective conservation of the unique marine areas protected under the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Today, the 47 coastal and marine World Heritage sites represent the 'Crown Jewels of our Ocean' and are recognized for their outstanding beauty, exceptional biodiversity, or unique ecological, biological or geological processes. They are selected under strict criteria and through a rigorous nomination, evaluation and inscription process. In cooperation with a variety of partners, the WHMP is developing innovative ways to support site managers with their conservation challenges, while simultaneously advancing the application of the World Heritage Convention for protecting the planet’s most valuable and unique marine places.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, Dr. Fanny Douvere, Coordinator of the UNESCO World Heritage Progamme, will be available to discuss all things related to the Programme including what the program does, the impact that it has, how the program is developing and expanding, and why the World Heritage Committee has a unique ability to hold nations accountable for their conservation actions.

Chat co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

About Live “Office Hour” Chats: The event will be an interactive chat conducted by typing and reading text. There is no audio component. Office Hour chats provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions to our panelists and share their own experiences and insights with panelists and other participants. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts. Inappropriate or off-topic content will be controlled. Audience members are encouraged to login with their Facebook or Twitter accounts or type in their name below the comment box, so we can easily match participants’ questions with answers. Recently answered questions will be "pinned" to the top of the Chat interface below. If you miss the live event, a transcript will be available on this page after the event concludes.

Live Blog Live Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Helen Fox of RARE and David Gill of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are increasingly being employed as a tool to promote biodiversity conservation and maintain ecosystem goods and services. Their impacts vary significantly, however. This webinar will present a project that brings together interdisciplinary experts and datasets to examine the linkages between MPA governance and ecological outcomes at a global scale. Learn more about the project at www.sesync.org/mpa-performance. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News. Please mark your calendar. Registration link to be announced.

Mapping Ocean Wealth

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Rob Brumbaugh of The Nature Conservancy. Mapping Ocean Wealth is a new initiative to deliver scientifically rigorous information about ocean benefits in a way that helps decision-makers make choices about investments and tailor management decisions that affect the ocean. The project will inform stakeholders– private industry, public management officials and leaders, and conservationists – about WHERE and HOW ocean benefits are produced using maps and data that enable evidence-based decisions and tradeoff analyses. It is a collaborative project open to partners both within and beyond the conservation sector who are committed to sharing data, results and best practices. The project considers the ocean’s many contributions to the physical and economic wellbeing of people around the globe — in terms of jobs, food security, storm buffering, tourism benefits, etc. as well as in dollars. In this webinar, we will highlight some of the progress to date on mapping benefits, creating policy-relevant information, and making this information readily accessible through our online data portal at http://oceanwealth.org. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.