Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT)

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For the week of 08 January 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT). Presented by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project.

Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) is a software tool that helps decision makers evaluate trade-offs among different ecosystem services and visualize where investments in restoration could be made to optimize benefits for multiple landscape goals. It uses information about the potential impacts of restoration or management activities together with spatial prioritization or serviceshed maps to identify key areas for ecosystem service provision. It then uses multi-objective analysis to allow users to consider how to best manage tradeoffs between different project goals. ROOT has been applied in Costa Rica, Myanmar, Malawi, Colombia, and Brazil’s Espirito Santo State to help these countries optimize the placement of restoration activities for ecosystem services in national and subnational conservation, development, and agricultural objectives in support of increased ecological function to benefit people and livelihoods. It has not yet been applied in a coastal context but is applicable to coastal areas as well. The tool is free for download and use at https://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/root.

Webinar co-sponsored by EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO) 

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar160

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- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

27 News posts this week

25 new Literature items this week

  • Nature has published, A unifying theory for top-heavy ecosystem structure in the ocean (https://oct.to/OC1128).

  • Conservation Letters has published, Mobilizing volunteers to sustain local suppression of a global marine invasion (https://oct.to/OC1129).

  • Global Ghost Gear Initiative has published, Methods to Local Derelict Fishing Gear in Marine Waters (https://oct.to/OC1130).

1 new archived Webinar this week

  • Thursday's webinar on Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has now been archived (https://oct.to/OC1131). 

1 new Blog post  this week

  • Samantha Farquhar writes on "Flags of (In)convenience: How Illegal Fishing Vessels Avoid the Law" (https://oct.to/OC1135)

8 new Jobs this week

  • UN Environment GRID is hiring for a Marine Plastics Project Manager Consultancy. Applications due Jan 17th (https://oct.to/OC1132).

  • Apply now to be the Development Director for Ocean Outcomes! Location flexible (https://oct.to/OC1133).

  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council seeks a Groundfish Staff Officer. Apply by Jan 26th(https://oct.to/OC1134).