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EcoCast

For the week of 14 October 2019

Please join us Thursday, October 31, 1 pm US EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm UTC for webinar on EcoCast: A dynamic ocean management tool to reduce bycatch and support sustainable fisheries with Elliott Hazen and Heather Welch of NOAA and the University of California Santa Cruz.

Description: Dynamic ocean management (DOM) is emerging as a solution to the challenge of spatially managing species and human activities that are dynamic in space and time. DOM strategies use real-time data on environmental conditions to design management boundaries that rapidly adjust in response to the shifting nature of the ocean and its biodiversity. This webinar introduces the fisheries sustainability tool EcoCast and explores the process of building, validating, operationalizing, maintaining, and forecasting with a dynamic ocean management tool. Join this webinar to learn about some of the challenges, solutions, and considerations of applied dynamic ocean management.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)

Register Here: https://oct.to/Webinar259

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Making Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Climate Savvy

For the week of 30 September 2019

Please join us Thursday, November 7, 2 pm US EST/11am US PST/7 pm UTC for a webinar on Making Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Climate Savvywith Eric Mielbrecht of EcoAdapt and Sara Hutto of the Greater Farallones Association.

Description: Making climate change adaptation planning simple and feasible for managers, The Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas is a new resource consisting of a complement of tools that support climate vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, and implementation. Users are supported by essential tools including a library of over 100 curated adaptation actions organized by habitat type and climate impact, each supported by case studies and documents from CAKEx.org, and the North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool. The toolkit is particularly effective as it was co-created with MPA managers and experts from Canada, Mexico and the U.S., working in concert with EcoAdapt, the Greater Farallones Association, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. View the toolkit at https://www.cakex.org/MPAToolkit.

Co-sponsors: Parks Canada, NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), EcoAdapt, the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), the Greater Farallones Association, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

Register Here: https://oct.to/Webinar257

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Engaging Diverse Audiences in Marine and Coastal Protection

For the week of 23 September 2019

Please join us Thursday October 17, 1pm EST for a webinar on Engaging Diverse Audiences in Marine and Coastal Protection with Josie Spearman of Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, Ellen M. Leroy-Reed of Friends of Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, Dave Feliz of Elkhorn Slough NERR, Jay Haigler of Diving with a Purpose, and Lauren Swaddell of NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Description: Managers of coastal and marine protected areas are responsible for places that are important for a wide range of audiences, yet we often come up short in engaging meaningfully with diverse audiences. This webinar will present brief case studies about coastal and marine protected areas and non-profit partners that are working with people from diverse backgrounds to provide opportunities to understand and enjoy our ocean and coasts. Educational initiatives from two national estuarine research reserves (NERRS) -- Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) in Florida and Elkhorn Slough in California -- will be presented. GTM NERR’s educational programs have recently increased their ability to accommodate students and potential visitors with physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges and communities with little or no access to transportation. Elkhorn Slough NERR conducts after school and science mentoring programs, regular school field trips, and subsidized school transportation programs in a region with several predominantly Hispanic communities. Diving with a Purpose (DWP) is working with partners to engage and educate the community-at-large on cultural heritage resources that exist in marine protected areas throughout the US with a focus on the African Diaspora. Finally, the first Knauss (Sea Grant) Fellow from Guam will speak about her experiences.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

Register Here: https://oct.to/Webinar256

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

EcoCast

For the week of 16 September 2019

Please join us Thursday, October 31, 1 pm US EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on EcoCast: A dynamic ocean management tool to reduce bycatch and support sustainable fisheries with Elliott Hazen and Heather Welch of NOAA and the University of California Santa Cruz.

Description: Dynamic ocean management (DOM) is emerging as a solution to the challenge of spatially managing species and human activities that are dynamic in space and time. DOM strategies use real-time data on environmental conditions to design management boundaries that rapidly adjust in response to the shifting nature of the ocean and its biodiversity. This webinar introduces the fisheries sustainability tool EcoCast and explores the process of building, validating, operationalizing, maintaining, and forecasting with a dynamic ocean management tool. Join this webinar to learn about some of the challenges, solutions, and considerations of applied dynamic ocean management.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)

Register Here: https://oct.to/Webinar255

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

We’ve Got Chemistry!

For the week of 09 September 2019

Please join us Wednesday, September 25 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on We’ve Got Chemistry! Leveraging Partnerships and the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange to Advance Ocean Acidification and MPA Science with Julianna Mullen of NERACOOS and the OAInfoExchange.org, Jenny Waddell of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Francis Chan of Oregon State University, and Meg Chadsey of Washington Sea Grant.

[Please note that this webinar will last 1.5 hours.]

Description: Marine protected areas (MPAs), sanctuaries, and reserves offer refuge to a wide variety of marine species, but can they also protect vulnerable organisms from the effects of ocean acidification (OA) and other climate-related stressors? Increasingly, OA scientists and MPA managers are working together to explore questions of adaptability in marine protected areas to explore this question and sharing their ideas on a dynamic new online platform called the OA Information Exchange (OAIE). In this webinar, we will: 1) provide an orientation to the OAIE to the MPA community and other new users, 2) describe how innovative collaborations between researchers and volunteer scientists are advancing both OA and MPA science in the Oregon Marine Reserves, and 3) provide examples of efforts to document changing ocean conditions and understand potential impacts of ecosystem change in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, including how the development of a sentinel site for ocean acidification on the Olympic Coast supports OA coordination and collaboration in Washington. [Please note that this webinar will last 1.5 hours.]

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program with OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

Register Here: https://oct.to/Webinar254

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses

For the week of 02 September 2019

Please join us Tuesday, September 17, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses with Mike Beck of the University of California at Santa Cruz

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of new research on how natural defenses can reduce coastal risk. Key new findings include: 1) the global costs of storms would double if the top 1 m of coral reefs is lost, 2) coral reefs provide $1.8 billion in annual flood protection benefits to the US alone, and 3) globally, if mangroves are lost, 39% more people would be affected by floods and property damage would increase by US$82 billion. This webinar will also show which countries (and hotspots in countries) have the most to gain in flood protection from reef conservation. We will wrap up by describing our work with the insurance industry and FEMA to show how valuation of risk reduction benefits can be used to finance reef and wetland conservation and restoration at scale. [Please note: This webinar significantly updates a May 2018 EBM Tools Network/OCTO webinar with new results and opportunities for implementation in policy and practice.]

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)

Register Here: https://oct.to/Webinar253

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management

For the week of 26 August 2019

Please join us for a webinar on Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management: Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing with David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance and Nicolas Pascal of Blue finance.

This webinar will be offered at two different times:

Description: Coral reefs provide enormous economic value to humanity and are gaining increasing attention from donors, philanthropists, and governments. This webinar will explore the use of Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing to support coral reef conservation. Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs) are private, legally independent institutions that provide sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation. Impact Investing is investing in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Specifically, the webinar will discuss how protected area, national, and regional CTFs can raise, manage, and invest financing for coral reef conservation and restoration. The webinar will also review how impact investing can be used to manage coral reef areas through public private partnerships. This webinar is sponsored by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), an informal partnership which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, as part of its collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance for promoting innovative financing for coral reef conservation.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network) and the Reef Resilience Network

Register:

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

We’ve Got Chemistry!

For the week of 19 August 2019

Please join us Wednesday, September 25 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on We’ve Got Chemistry! Leveraging Partnerships and the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange to Advance Ocean Acidification and MPA Science with Julianna Mullen of NERACOOS and the OAInfoExchange.org, Jenny Waddell of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and Francis Chan of Oregon State University.

[Please note that this webinar will last 1.5 hours.]

Description: Marine protected areas (MPAs), sanctuaries, and reserves offer refuge to a wide variety of marine species, but can they also protect vulnerable organisms from the effects of ocean acidification (OA) and other climate-related stressors? Increasingly, OA scientists and MPA managers are working together to explore questions of adaptability in marine protected areas to explore this question and sharing their ideas on a dynamic new online platform called the OA Information Exchange (OAIE). In this webinar, we will: 1) provide an orientation to the OAIE to the MPA community and other new users, 2) describe how innovative collaborations between researchers and volunteer scientists are advancing both OA and MPA science in the Oregon Marine Reserves, and 3) provide examples of efforts to document changing ocean conditions and understand potential impacts of ecosystem change in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, including how the development of a sentinel site for ocean acidification on the Olympic Coast supports OA coordination and collaboration in Washington. [Please note that this webinar will last 1.5 hours.]

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program with OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar250

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

EcoCast: A dynamic ocean management tool to reduce bycatch and support sustainable fisheries

For the week of 12 August 2019

Please join us Thursday, October 31, 1 pm US EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on EcoCast: A dynamic ocean management tool to reduce bycatch and support sustainable fisheries with Elliott Hazen and Heather Welch of NOAA and the University of California Santa Cruz.

Description: Dynamic ocean management (DOM) is emerging as a solution to the challenge of spatially managing species and human activities that are dynamic in space and time. DOM strategies use real-time data on environmental conditions to design management boundaries that rapidly adjust in response to the shifting nature of the ocean and its biodiversity. This webinar introduces the fisheries sustainability tool EcoCast and explores the process of building, validating, operationalizing, maintaining, and forecasting with a dynamic ocean management tool. Join this webinar to learn about some of the challenges, solutions, and considerations of applied dynamic ocean management.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar249

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses

For the week of 05 August 2019

Please join us Tuesday, September 17 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses with Mike Beck of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of new research on how natural defenses can reduce coastal risk. Key new findings include: 1) the global costs of storms would double if the top 1 m of coral reefs is lost, 2) coral reefs provide $1.8 billion in annual flood protection benefits to the US alone, and 3) globally, if mangroves are lost, 39% more people would be affected by floods and property damage would increase by US$82 billion. This webinar will also show which countries (and hotspots in countries) have the most to gain in flood protection from reef conservation. We will wrap up by describing our work with the insurance industry and FEMA to show how valuation of risk reduction benefits can be used to finance reef and wetland conservation and restoration at scale. [Please note: This webinar significantly updates a May 2018 EBM Tools Network/OCTO webinar with new results and opportunities for implementation in policy and practice.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar248

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

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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