Wednesday: Webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

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For the week 9 January 2017

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. Two Blue Solutions case studies will be featured: “Nature’s contribution to the economy” in Bonaire and “Mapping and valuing ecosystem services for integrated management” in Belize.

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 — 11 new posts this week*

  • The children's television network, Nickelodeon, is planning to build an underwater park in Palawan, Philippines which they state will encourage marine conservation (in an area with two UNESCO World Heritage sites) –

  • The Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance is hosting a webinar in February, "Federal Marine Spatial Planning: West Coast Update" –

  • Public comments are now open for the proposed Wisconsin–Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary –

  • The Smithsonian's Hannah Waters covers the history of Scotland's MPAs, starting with a trawling-ban in 1889 –

  • NPR's The Salt covers recent research that shows how warming oceans will increase domoic acid, threatening shellfish producers and consumers –

  • Nature covers Esri's latest invention: Ecological Marine Units (EMUs) which "divide water masses into precise categories" –

*Literature Update — 32 new titles this week*
PLOS ONE has published, Public Perceptions of Aquaculture: Evaluating Spatiotemporal Patterns of Sentiment around the World –

*Conference Update — 1 new conferences this week*
The 4th Annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will be happening in Seattle, Washington, USA in April to "confront emerging challenges in Arctic policy, innovation, and development" –

*Grant & RFP Update — 1 new grant this week*
The Gulf Research Program is accepting grant proposals for "Preventing the Next Spill: Understanding Systemic Risk in the Offshore Oil and Gas Environment" –

*Job Listings Update — 7 new jobs this week*
The Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner is hiring an Ocean Analyst Consultant for the Pacific Islands –