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Tuesday: Webinar on The Washed Ashore Project: Combining art and science to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution

For the week 20 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, February 28 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Washed Ashore: Combining art and science to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution.

The Washed Ashore Project uses community art created from marine debris with the help of thousands of volunteers to raise awareness about plastic pollution in order to spark changes in the consumer habits that have generated this global issue. Over the past two years, with NOAA support, Washed Ashore has worked to create a curriculum based on the goals of our project. The lessons bring together art and science to help students understand the plastic pollution issue and communicate about it using the language of the arts. Workshops to introduce the curriculum and receive feedback were held at Washed Ashore exhibit venues around the country and the curriculum was piloted in Bandon, Oregon, where Washed Ashore is based.

In this webinar, Patrick Chandler, the Washed Ashore curriculum author and project manager, will discuss his experience using art to communicate, conducting teachers’ workshops, curriculum development, and share lessons learned.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar122.

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

Wednesday: Webinar on Impact Investing to Fund Marine Conservation

For the week 13 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, February 22 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Impact Investing to Fund Marine Conservation.

There has been a lot of talk about impact investing as a source of funding for marine conservation priorities. What is impact investing? How does it work, and what can managers do to attract impact investors to fund their projects?

Join us for a webinar with Kelly Wachowicz, Managing Partner of Catch Invest, an impact investing firm supporting fishermen, conservation, and communities. Kelly will talk about investing to support sustainable fisheries and fisheries transitions and share several case studies that highlight some of the opportunities and challenges with this emerging funding tool.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar121.

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

PS: I'm delighted to say we have a new addition to the OpenChannels team, Allie Brown, who will be serving as our new Project Assistant. From now on, you can thank Allie for finding most of the news and literature we share. Feel free to contact her any time at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Wednesday: Webinar on Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States

For the week 06 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, February 15 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States, presented by Robert Weary of The Nature Conservancy.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to climate change. However, extremely high public debt ratios make it difficult for these countries to invest in modifying infrastructure and improving coastal and flood protection. Protecting the “blue economy” of island states will ultimately reduce vulnerability of both marine ecosystems and the economy as a whole (e.g., through sustained fishing grounds and tourism). And debt conversions allow national governments to free capital streams and direct them into climate adaptation and marine conservation activities that ultimately will restore natural and human resilience to threats of climate change. Join us on this webinar to learn more about relevant debt conversions including how they are financed, managed, utilized, and retired.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar120.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Thursday: Webinar on Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas

For the week 30 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas, presented by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, and Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel.

MPAs require sustainable long-term funding for designation and management – including for education, outreach, monitoring, research, policy development, and enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a wide-range of approaches for obtaining external funding, important guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar118.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States

For the week 23 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States, presented by Robert Weary of The Nature Conservancy.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to climate change. However, extremely high public debt ratios make it difficult for these countries to invest in modifying infrastructure and improving coastal and flood protection. The goal of our work is twofold: 1) to facilitate the transaction of donations and investments for climate change adaptation as well as biodiversity conservation in the marine realm and 2) provide highly indebted countries with an innovative financial tool to restructure their debt and allow for debt relief as well as secure capital flows for investments into climate change adaption activities.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar117.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Wednesday: Webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

For the week 9 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9am US EST / 2pm UTC / 3pm CET / 4pm EET for a webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter, presented by Nicola Beaumont of PML, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of BCZMAI.

Blue Solutions provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform to collate, share, and generate solutions for effective management and equitable governance of our planet’s marine and coastal living spaces, and to develop capacity for the ocean community on the initiative’s priority topics. For this webinar, presenters will showcase how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making. Two Blue Solutions case studies will be featured: “Nature’s contribution to the economy” in Bonaire and “Mapping and valuing ecosystem services for integrated management” in Belize.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar115.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative

For the weeks of 26 December 2016 & 2 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative, presented by Rodolphe Devillers of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a web portal that is used to integrate, summarize, and communicate information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) globally. Based on a crowdsourcing approach, the data are all freely accessible, helping the global SSF community to better qualify and quantify SSF and their importance. The system provides diverse information, including people and organizations involved in this field, publications, and detailed profiles of SSF at specific locations.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar114.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

For the week of 19 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9am US EST / 2pm UTC / 3pm CET / 4pm EET for a webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter, presented by Nicola Beaumont of PML, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of BCZMAI.

Blue Solutions provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform to collate, share, and generate solutions for effective management and equitable governance of our planet’s marine and coastal living spaces, and to develop capacity for the ocean community on the initiative’s priority topics. For this webinar, presenters will showcase how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar113.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas

For the week of 12 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas, presented by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, and Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel.

MPAs require sustainable long-term funding for designation and management – including for education, outreach, monitoring, research, policy development, and enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a wide-range of approaches for obtaining external funding, important guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar112.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs

For the weeks of 5 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs, presented by Mark Carr of UCSC.

The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar111.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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