Wednesday: Webinar on Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States

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For the week 06 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, February 15 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States, presented by Robert Weary of The Nature Conservancy.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to climate change. However, extremely high public debt ratios make it difficult for these countries to invest in modifying infrastructure and improving coastal and flood protection. Protecting the “blue economy” of island states will ultimately reduce vulnerability of both marine ecosystems and the economy as a whole (e.g., through sustained fishing grounds and tourism). And debt conversions allow national governments to free capital streams and direct them into climate adaptation and marine conservation activities that ultimately will restore natural and human resilience to threats of climate change. Join us on this webinar to learn more about relevant debt conversions including how they are financed, managed, utilized, and retired.

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 — 23 new posts this week*

  • House Science Committee holds hearing on “Making EPA Great Again”, but spends much time discussing 2015 NOAA climate study –

  • Speaking of the EPA, Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida has introduced a bill to eliminate the agency altogether –

  • Fearing economic decline, groups call for delay or repeal of Palau’s $100 environmental fee –

  • Unexamined risks from tar sands oil may threaten oceans –

  • The February issue of MEAM includes Tundi’s Take: Monitoring for Thinking and Acting Globally –

  • California's Central Coast marine sanctuary proposal sparks strong public response, as San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors votes to formally oppose creation –

  • Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs threatens to suspend 2015 amendment which reduces National Marine Park by 20% –

  • The EBM Toolbox: Methods for assessing marine ecosystem status –

*Literature Update — 24 new titles this week*
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment has published an editorial by Jane Lubchenco: Environmental science in a post-truth world –

*Webinar Update — 1 new archived webinar this week*
Thursday's webinar on, Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas, is now archived –

*Grant & RFP Update — 1 new grant this week*
The California Sea Grant College Program is accepting proposals for the themes of: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies –

*Job Listings Update — 7 new jobs this week*
Blue Ventures is hiring an Asia-Pacific Scout for Mangrove Conservation –