Upcoming Events

Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Jenna Jambeck of the University of Georgia.

Considerable progress has been made in determining the amount and location of plastic debris in our seas, but how much plastic actually enters them in the first place is more uncertain. Dr. Jambeck led a research team that combined available data on waste management infrastructure with a model that uses population density and economic status to estimate the amount of land-based plastic waste entering the ocean. The findings: as much as 12.7 million metric tons of plastic is entering the global ocean annually, and unless waste management practices are improved, the flux of plastics to the oceans could increase by an order of magnitude within the next decade. In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Jambeck will cover this groundbreaking study and answer audience questions on her methods and findings, including implications for reducing marine debris. The study and a podcast about the study are available at www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6223/768.abstract.

This webinar is cosponsored by MarineDebris.Info and the EBM Tools Network.

GCFI Webinar: Unlocking Sustainable Financing for Caribbean MPAs

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT / 3 pm GMT

Please join us at 11am EST on Thursday April 9, 2015 for a webinar to discuss ‘Unlocking Sustainable Financing for Caribbean MPAs’. In the 2011 MPA Management Capacity Assessment, sustainable financing was identified as a top priority need for capacity building by the nearly 30 participating MPA managers. At the GCFI meeting in Puerto Morelos Mexico in 2011, CaMPAM and GCFI hosted a peer-to-peer workshop on sustainable finance strategies for Caribbean MPAs with funding from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. We’re pleased to now take a fresh look at this important topic and bring you an excellent working session that was first run at the World Parks Congress in Sydney last year.

Wolfs Company, from Bonaire, will take participants in this webinar through an innovative framework that uses TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) to pinpoint ecosystem services and beneficiaries from a particular ecosystem in a protected area, and to reveal potential financing mechanisms. The financing mechanisms are then assessed based on the local economic and governance context, taking into account obstacles, potential solutions and next steps for their implementation. Although protected areas can be very different in terms of their geographic location, level of protection, and financing needs, this approach offers a practical structure for MPA managers to tackle key obstacles to generating financial support for their MPAs and identify opportunities to move towards sustainable financing. A question and answer session will follow. 

Wolfs Company (www.wolfscompany.com) is an innovative research company closely linked to the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They provide support to the public and private sector on maximizing the economic and social profitability of sustainable development and sustainable use of ecosystems. Wolfs Company demonstrates its clients, based on evidence, the important contribution and often intrinsically crucial dependence on natural capital. Wolfs Company’s environmental lawyer and consultant Ms. Viviana Luján Gallegos will lead us through this exercise. Viviana has over 10 years of international experience as a legal professional, including 7 years as an attorney at two major international law firms. Her areas of expertise include: regulation of the use of coastal and marine areas and resources; climate change law; emissions trading; renewable energy; and finance. As consultant at Wolfs Company, Viviana combines her legal, financial and environmental experience to advise on issues like sustainable financing, environmental policies & regulation, resources’ ownership, ecosystem service valuation and sustainable development.

This is the second in a series of webinars by GCFI to help share information on marine and coastal resource use issues in the Gulf and Caribbean region. The webinar will be archived online at www.gcfi.org.

Invited By: Emma Doyle (emma.doyle [at] gcfi.org)

When:  Thursday April 9, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Time Zone:  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Indigenous Knowledge and Use of Ocean Currents in the Bering Strait Region

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT

In this webinar, Julie Raymond-Yakoubian of Kawerak, Inc. will present a recently completed project on indigenous knowledge and use of ocean currents. She will share perspectives on the importance of traditional understandings of ocean currents as a critical aspect of the body of knowledge held by communities in the region, how this knowledge was collected, and the modern-day practical applications of this knowledge for marine policy, planning, and safety considerations. Examples of where this knowledge is currently being used will also be presented.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Where's My Fish? New Tools to Visualize Climate and Other Impacts on Marine Animals

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 1am PDT / 5pm GMT

Presented by Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University and Jon Hare of NOAA.

By 2100, ocean waters are expected to be substantially warmer than they are today, with profound effects on fisheries. One of the most commonly observed impacts of climate change is through shifts in species distributions, and recent evidence suggests that marine fish and invertebrates closely follow climate velocity (the rate and direction that isotherms move across the seascape). Despite broad recognition of impacts, however, incorporating climate considerations into fisheries management has been challenging. Here, we describe a new web-based tool that will help managers, scientists, fishermen, and the public track shifts in the distribution of the nation’s marine fish and other animals with changing ocean conditions. The OceanAdapt website is the result of a partnership between NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University that annually aggregates marine biological survey data from around North America. The effort is part of the growing trend towards open science and can help in the preparation of climate vulnerability analyses or in the prioritization of species for more focused adaptation efforts. Learn more about OceanAdapt at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2014/12/oceanadapt_trackingfish.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Discovering Data and Informing Regional Ocean Health Priorities with the West Coast Ocean Data Portal

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Todd Hallenbeck of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health.

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal, launched in January 2014, connects people to ocean and coastal data to better inform regional ocean management, planning, and policy development along the US West Coast. The Portal recently launched new tools to help marine debris practitioners better plan for cleanups, understand impacts of debris along the coast, and advocate for better policies. Using the portal, practitioners can discover and analyze a comprehensive database of marine debris cleanup observations to visualize spatial patterns and trends. Understanding, tracking, and visualizing marine debris sources, sinks, and transport will help resource management agencies and NGOs work to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris and derelict fishing gear along the US West Coast. Access the portal at portal.westcoastoceans.org.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network and MarineDebris.Info.

Community-Based Sea Level Rise Projections

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Ian Miller of Washington Sea Grant. Washington Sea Grant has partnered with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and Adaptation International to develop local sea level rise projections and sea level scenario maps for the Jamestown S'Klallam community. The assessments are being used to identify tribal areas or resources that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and priority adaptation actions and are already being integrated into long-term community planning. This webinar will present a process for developing community-based sea level rise projections and facilitating their use. Learn more about the project at www.jamestowntribe.org/programs/nrs/nrs_climchg.htm. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

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.

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.