Office Hour Archives

MPA News Editor, John Davis, will be live-blogging throughout IMPAC4. Follow along for important MPA-related news and information.

This live "Office Hours" chat was hosted by Isabel Ender of Manta Trust and Andy Cornish of WWF.

WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware have collaborated to produce a guide to sustainable shark and ray tourism operations and factsheets that describe three shark and ray tourism sites that utilize MPAs and innovative financing. A live webinar on the guide and factsheet was held on September 13 at 1 pm UTC. This live chat will provide an opportunity for participants to ask Isabel and Andy questions about the guide and factsheets and share their own experiences and insight into sustainable shark and ray tourism with the panelists and other participants. Please note that this event is not a webinar and will be conducted entirely by typing and reading text.

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout WCC 2016 - the World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawai'i from 1-10 September 2016. We will be operating on Hawaii-Aleutian Time (UTC-10), so for you Americans that's 3 hours behind Seattle, and 6 hours behind Washington, D.C.. For Europe, that's 11 hours behind London, and 12 hours behind Berlin.

The live blog will combine short notes from various WPC sessions, including comments from audience members, highlighted tweets via #WorldConservationCongress and #WCC2016, and important takeaway messages on conserving our oceans.

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout IMCC 2016 — the International Marine Conservation Congress held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from July 30 through August 3 and special OceansOnline coverage on August 4th.

The live blog combines our notes from various IMCC sessions, including comments from audience members, highlighted tweets via #IMCC4, and important takeaway messages on conserving our oceans.

The GEF Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC) is the signature learning event for the GEF IW portfolio. The IWC objectives are to facilitate cross-sectoral and portfolio-wide learning and experience sharing. They strive to solicit advice from the existing GEF IW portfolio on burning issues, and to assist in building participant capacity in key management and technical areas. Participants sum up progress achieved and also look to the future of programming within and beyond the GEF IW focal area.

The OpenChannels Team covered the conference via a live blog from Sri Lanka 9-13 May 2016.

What keeps ocean planners up at night? And how are they tackling the challenges they face? Green Fire Productions interviewed global marine spatial planning leaders who had gathered to discuss solutions to the top ten challenges they face. The resulting series of brief video interviews, “Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions on Ocean Planning,” represent a significant achievement in the capture of good practices and lessons learned in marine spatial planning. As ocean planning advances around the world, these short, to-the-point interviews featuring global marine planning leaders are a vital addition to the field’s knowledge base.  Watch a few of our favorite interviews and hear insights from Karen and Jen on the main lessons to draw from the videos.

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.

To help address common questions and planning dilemmas, the Natural Capital Project's Marine Team has designed a "concierge" to make it easier to learn about, get inspired by and implement marine planning. The Marine Planning Concierge is a website that connects users to resources for using ecosystem services in marine planning. They are curious about whether or not this kind of guidance might be useful in other aspects of the Natural Capital Project’s work to lower barriers to using ecosystem service understanding in diverse types of decisions.

The Concierge, similar to the help desk located in a hotel lobby, aims to provide clear, modular advice for any stage of the planning process, and to offer a curated library of useful resources. The Concierge also describes and links to examples of how the Natural Capital Project and others engaging in marine planning processes around the world have gotten over common hurdles, such as how to move forward when data is scarce, how to synthesize and visualize data from different sources and units, or where to go for help when the tools you're using are beyond your technical expertise. The Concierge also connects users to helper tools that make it easier to use the InVEST toolkit.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, Dan Laffoley of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and Lauren Wenzel of the US National Marine Protected Area Center answered your questions about how Marine Protected Areas are defined under Aichi Target 11 and the likelihood of meeting the target which states: “By 2020, at least … 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape.”

In addition, they answered questions about progress at meeting other international commitments such as The Promise of Sydney, as well as general MPA representativeness and management effectiveness issues. Chat co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, Linwood Pendleton, Wendy Dodds and Tara Hooper of the VALMER project answered your questions on ecosystem service assessment (ESAs). The VALMER team conducted a workshop during the last International Marine Conservation Congress to discuss the implementation of ESAs in the field. The workshop led to questions on how the involvement of various stakeholders and decision-makers in the ESA process affects implementation. This Office Hour focused on the process in which stakeholders, decision makers, and other parties are engaged in the ESA process - and how lessons from the communication and marketing fields may help to improve the engagement process.

For more information on the VALMER project, please read their blog, Ecosystem services valuation and assessment: Is the process more important than the product?