Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform

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For the week of 19 March 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform. Presented by Miles Macmillan-Lawler of GRID-Arendal.

As we move towards the 2020 deadline for countries to fulfil their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11, now is a good time to take stock and ask the question – are we protecting the right 10% of marine area in our MPAs? Not only does Aichi Target 11 talk about conserving 10% of coastal and marine areas, it specifies the effective conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and ecologically representativeness as key goals. So how do we know if we are achieving this? This webinar will outline a framework for assessing the progress of MPAs in achieving these goals and present the Protected Areas Impact Maps Virtual Research Environment on the BlueBRIDGE platform (https://bluebridge.d4science.org/web/protectedareaimpactmaps), an open access application which uses this framework to assist countries in assessing their progress against Aichi Target 11 and ensuring that they get the right 10%.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar170

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

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

P.S. The Nature Conservancy finished their new Marine Planning website. Check it out here! 

25 News posts this week

31 new Literature items this week

  • Scientific Reports has published, Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic (https://oct.to/OC1294).

  • Science has issued, Protecting marine mammals, turtles, and birds by rebuilding global fisheries (https://oct.to/OC1295).

  • PLOS ONE has released, Maritime Spatial Planning supported by systematic site selection: Applying Marxan for offshore wind power in the western Baltic Sea (https://oct.to/OC1296).

3 new Blogs this week

1 new Webinar this week

  • Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) (https://oct.to/OC1297

17 new Trainings this week

11 new Jobs this week

  • The Eastern US Marine Stewardship Council seeks a Commercial Manager. Apply by March 26st (https://oct.to/OC1302)

  • Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions & World Economic Forum have an opening for an André Hoffmann Fellow: Ocean Innovations (https://oct.to/OC1303)