A Toolkit for Managing Cultural Resources in Marine Protected Areas

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For the week of 27 May 2019 

Please join us Tuesday, July 2, 2 pm US EDT/11 am US PDT/6 pm UTC for a webinar on A Toolkit for Managing Cultural Resources in Marine Protected Areas with Trisha Kehau Watson of the Cultural Heritage Resource Working Group (CHRWG), Lauren Wenzel of the NOAA MPA Center and CHRWG, and Joe Schumacker of the Quinault Department of Fisheries and CHRWG.

What are cultural resources anyway? Often MPA managers are experts in natural resources management, and lack background in managing cultural resources. The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC) developed an on-line toolkit to address this need. Covering topics such as spanning legal authorities, a cultural landscape approach, planning for climate change and natural disasters, engaging stakeholders, and underwater archeology, the group’s Cultural Resources Toolkit provides invaluable insight and strategies for marine and coastal managers and MPA visitors alike. In this webinar, the Cultural Resources Working Group of the MPAFAC provide an overview of the enhanced Toolkit and discuss its role in connecting people to their heritage in special coastal places throughout the US and elsewhere. The MPAFAC provides recommendations to the US Departments of Commerce (NOAA) and Interior for the effective design, establishment, and adaptive management of US MPAs.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

To register, visit: https://oct.to/webinar237

If you would like to check out other upcoming OCTO sponsored webinars, you can find a complete list at https://oct.to/Webinars

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

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1 new Conference and 1 new Grant this week

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2 new Blogs this week

37 new Literature items this week

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