Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

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For the week of 19 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9am US EST / 2pm UTC / 3pm CET / 4pm EET for a webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter, presented by Nicola Beaumont of PML, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of BCZMAI.

Blue Solutions provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform to collate, share, and generate solutions for effective management and equitable governance of our planet’s marine and coastal living spaces, and to develop capacity for the ocean community on the initiative’s priority topics. For this webinar, presenters will showcase how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

*News Update — 22 new posts this week*

  • Obama Bans Drilling in Parts of the Atlantic and the Arctic –

  • Trade policy options for sustainable oceans and fisheries –

  • Ready for flooding: Boston analyzes how to tackle climate change –

  • South Africa's Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area rezoned, open for fishing – (For more coverage of Tsitsikamma, see the 'related content' section at

  • Another incoming Trump administration casualty: Push for 35-mile-long canyon off Virginia coast to become marine sanctuary is suddenly put on hold –

  • Marianas Conservation strongly opposes Mariana Trench sanctuary status –

*Literature Update — 31 new titles this week*
Environmental Research Letters has published, Advances in monitoring the human dimension of natural resource systems: an example from the Great Barrier Reef –

*Grant & RFP Update — 1 new grant this week*
For Florida-based organizations: Florida's Protect Our Reefs Grant Program is accepting applications for their 2017 grant program –

*Job Listings Update — 4 new jobs this week*
The Reef Check Foundation is hiring a Coral Reef TV Personality, i.e. Kim Kardashian meets David Attenborough –