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Join us August 22 for a PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Plane webinar on Do Data or Desires Drive MSP?

Tuesday, August 22 at 9am EDT / 6am PDT / 1pm UTC / 3pm CEST / 4pm IDT


  • Tundi Agardy (Sound Seas) – Keynote 
  • Jon Day (James Cook University) – Experiences from the Great Barrier Reef - Australia 
  • Michelle Portman (Technion University) – Israel 

Data needs, data availability, data sharing, data management… these are always hot topics when countries or institutions embark on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). But how much do data influence MSP processes and is a lack of data a constraint for successful MSP?

For more information and to register, please click here.

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