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

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

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

Engaging governments, businesses, and the public in the fight against marine plastic litter: the #CleanSeas campaign

For the weeks of 18 December - 01 January 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, February 08, 2018 at 1pm EST (New York) / 10am PST (Los Angeles) / 6pm UTC (London) for a webinar on Engaging governments, businesses, and the public in the fight against marine plastic litter: the #CleanSeas campaign. This webinar brought to you by: Carla Friedrich of UN Environment.

UN Environment launched #CleanSeas in February 2017 to engage governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter. This campaign is addressing the root cause of marine litter by targeting the production and consumption of non-recoverable and single-use plastic. It is also giving a platform to hundreds of local organizations doing important work on marine litter to highlight their efforts. The campaign contributes to the goals of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, a voluntary open-ended partnership for international agencies, governments, businesses, academia, local authorities and non-governmental organizations hosted by UN Environment. Learn more about #CleanSeas at http://cleanseas.org

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/Webinar159

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

What we can do to curb social and human rights abuses in the seafood industry

For the week of 11 December 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2pm EST (New York) / 11am PST (Los Angeles) / 7pm UTC(London) for a webinar on What we can do to curb social and human rights abuses in the seafood industry.

This webinar brought to you by: Jack Kittinger, Nathan Bennett, Lydia Teh, Katrina Nakamura, Eddie Allison, and Yoshi Ota.

Scientists have been working to make fisheries environmentally sustainable for decades. But startling exposés of human rights violations (particularly the widespread use of slave labor) in the seafood industry in the past few years have highlighted the need for governments, businesses, and nonprofits to start working together to address human rights and social issues in the sector – including access to resources and markets, food security, and livelihood security. Conservation International recently spearheaded a working group of environmental NGOs, social responsibility NGOs, academics, and business leaders to develop a framework for social responsibility and offer concrete recommendations to businesses, governments, and NGOs for ensuring that social responsibility is enforced throughout the seafood supply chain. These recommendations will help businesses reduce reputational risks in their seafood supply chains. They will help governments better regulate marine resources and their national seafood industries. And they will also help nonprofits and donor organizations determine the best ways to direct their resources to address critical social issues. Learn more at http://stories.conservation.org/a-sea-change-for-seafood

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe). Register for the webinar at https://oct.to/Webinar158.

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

PS: We're taking the next two weeks off from the Weekly Update for the Holiday Season. We'll be back in your inboxes on the fifth of January! Happy early New Years! 

Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

For the week of 04 December 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 1pm EST (New York) / 10am PST (Los Angeles) / 6pm UTC(London) for a webinar on Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

This webinar will be presented by: Steve Gittings, Science Coordinator NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and others TBA.

Following Hurricane Irma, a multi-agency and partner effort was launched to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Science divers surveyed more than 50 sites, from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, and found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. Using information from these surveys, a parallel effort to stabilize corals in the most impacted locations was also undertaken. Scientists will share preliminary findings from the assessment cruise and triage activities as well as how such a collaborative effort was coordinated.

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

Register now at https://oct.to/OCWebinar157.

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

Introduction to EDF's Virtual Fisheries Academy

For the weeks of 20 and 27 November 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Introduction to EDF’s Virtual Fisheries Academy: empowering a global network of fishery heroes presented by Jeff Young, Senior Specialist of Training and Design at EDF.

Overfishing is a global problem that can only be overcome by a global effort to address it. To see a better future for our oceans, people around the world need the knowledge, skills and motivation to diagnose challenges and design effective solutions.

EDF’s new Virtual Fisheries Academy is a free and open resource for fisheries practitioners all over the world that provides user-driven, interactive courses on key fisheries topics. With these tools, fishery managers, fishermen, scientists and other practitioners can gain the skills they need to design solutions that work best for their fisheries.

Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZWBaxaZfSK-axl3-kWhn-w.

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

The African Marine Waste Network: Inviting Participation

For the week of 13 November 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm EST (New York) / 10am PST (Los Angeles) / 6pm UTC (London) for a webinar on The African Marine Waste Network: Inviting Participation presented by Tony Ribbink of the Sustainable Seas Trust.

After South East Asia, Africa is pouring the second largest amount of debris into the oceans of world. Predictions are that within the next three decades Africa will produce more marine debris than any other continent unless strong, concerted collaborative actions are taken within countries and across their borders.

The AMWN is finding solutions to these challenges. An early step was to host the African Marine Waste Conference where delegates from Africa interacted with experts from around the world. The strategy arising from the conference will be outlined in the webinar. People from around the world will be invited to help achieve the goals, particularly in building capacity, education, research and promotion of sustainable economic enterprises in impoverished settlements.

Register now at https://oct.to/OCWebinar155.

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

PS: We're taking next week off from the Weekly Update for American Thanksgiving. We'll be back in your inboxes on the first of December!

Tuesday - Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv: The repository for ocean & climate-change science

For the week of 6 November 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, November 14 at 1pm EST (New York) / 10am PST (Los Angeles) / 6pm UTC (London) for a webinar on Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv: The (free!) research repository for ocean and climate-change science.

Ocean managers, policymakers, and NGOs routinely face barriers to scientific knowledge: they simply can't afford costly subscriptions to traditional peer-reviewed academic journals. Studies have found that these financial barriers result in less primary science being used in on-the-ground environmental management plans.

MarXiv offers a way to increase access to pay-walled academic literature in a legal manner. An author who retains copyright on their submitted manuscript, known colloquially as a preprint, may upload the manuscript to MarXiv. Anyone may then download and read the preprint free of charge, legally, forever. No more time wasted begging the author for a copy, and no need to "pirate" the research in a not-so-legal manner.

Join us for a tour of MarXiv: the (free!) preprint service for the ocean and climate-change sciences. Nick will explain what preprints are, how you can tell when/if you can share your preprint on MarXiv, and explain ways the MarXiv Team will promote your research — including summarizing preprints for managers and policymakers.

Register now at https://oct.to/OCWebinar154.

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

Join us for an introduction to EDF’s Virtual Fisheries Academy: empowering a global network of fishery heroes

For the week of 30 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, December 5 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on an Introduction to EDF’s Virtual Fisheries Academy: empowering a global network of fishery heroes.

EDF’s new Virtual Fisheries Academy is a free and open resource for fisheries practitioners all over the world that provides user-driven, interactive courses on key fisheries topics. With these tools, fishery managers, fishermen, scientists and other practitioners can gain the skills they need to design solutions that work best for their fisheries.

Join us as Jeff Young, Senior Specialist of Training and Design at EDF, presents current offerings and discusses how this new tool is already being used to support more fish in the water, more food on people’s plates and more prosperous communities around the world.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar152.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

PS: Don't forget to join us next week (Thursday, November 9) for a webinar on an An Introduction to Business Planning for Protected Areas with Andrew Rylance. More information is at https://oct.to/OcWebinar153.

Business Planning For Protected Areas

For the week of 23 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, November 9 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Business Planning for Protected Areas.

This webinar will be presented by Andrew Rylance, Technical Advisor to the Government of Seychelles-United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) Protected Area Financing Project (2016-2021).

A workshop on business planning was recently held to support the financial future of protected areas in Seychelles. Outputs developed under this project have global application. This presentation will outline the importance of business planning for protected areas and how business plans can be used as tools to leverage financial support for conservation management. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the components of business plans and a database of protected area business plans where users can access over 45 examples of protected area business plans and guidelines.

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

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/Z5S.

P.S.: We're consolidating our social media presences. @OpenChannelsOrg and @MarineDebInfo are now @OpenOCTO on Twitter. Follow all of OCTO's projects (OpenChannels, MarineDebris.Info, MPA News, MEAM, and more!) at @OpenOCTO.

Did you know it is Open Access Week (#OpenAccess2017)? To celebrate, Nick Wehner was a guest on the Speak Up For Blue Podcast to discuss the upcoming launch of MarXiv Preprint Database that will share Marine Conservation papers, reports and other literature with the world!!! Check out the podcast here: https://oct.to/Z5T

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Andrew Lewin, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Sharing the MPA energy from IMPAC4: Highlights and recommendations from the conference

For the week of 16 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, November 2 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Sharing the MPA energy from IMPAC4: Highlights and recommendations from the conference.

Over 1,100 people from 59 countries attended the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile in September 2017. Join us to learn about what happened, including major themes, accomplishments, messages, and next steps. Speakers will include:

  • Lauren Wenzel, Director, National MPA Center, NOAA
  • Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN
  • Gonzalo Cid, International Coordinator, National MPA Center, NOAA
  • Other key players TBA.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar151.

P.S.: We're consolidating our social media presences. @OpenChannelsOrg and @MarineDebInfo are now @OpenOCTO on Twitter. Follow all of OCTO's projects (OpenChannels, MarineDebris.Info, MPA News, MEAM, and more!) at @OpenOCTO.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Andrew Lewin, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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