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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

Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv: The repository for ocean-conservation and marine-climate research

For the week of 9 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

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

This webinar will be presented Nick Wehner, Project Director of MarXiv and Director of Open Initiatives at OCTO (who finds it odd writing about himself in the third-person).

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. MarXiv accepts preprints, reports, conference proceedings, and Open Access publications — ensuring your work has a DOI and a long-term archive.

Join us for a tour of MarXiv. 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.

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

P.S.: Don't forget about the Tipping Points: Resources and Guidance for Managing a Changing Ocean webinar on Thursday. More info on that is at https://oct.to/OCWebinar150.

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

Tipping Points: Resources and Guidance for Managing a Changing Ocean

For the week of 2 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, October 19 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Tipping Points: Resources and Guidance for Managing a Changing Ocean.

This webinar will be presented by Carrie Kappel (NCEAS), Jack Kittinger (Conservation International), and Jameal Samhouri (NOAA). Ashley Erickson (Center for Ocean Solutions) will be moderating this webinar.

Crossing an ecosystem tipping point creates dramatic change. From collapsed fisheries and coastal dead zones, to melting sea ice and dying coral reefs, the consequences are often devastating to both the environment and the people who depend on it. For managers of marine ecosystems, it is critical to identify, understand, and predict ocean tipping points because they change the ecological rules of the game. This webinar will share results of the Ocean Tipping Points project, highlighting the tools and resources developed by project collaborators to help managers use tipping points science to make more effective decisions in the face of ocean change. Panelists will explore the next frontiers for the science and management of ocean tipping points and engage the audience in discussion.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar150.

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

Thursday: Webinar on Product Circularity and the Hidden Economic Opportunities of Discarded Fishing Nets & Ropes

For the week of 25 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, October 5 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Product Circularity and the Hidden Economic Opportunities of Discarded Fishing Nets and Ropes, presented by Martin Charter, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design of the University for the Creative Arts.

Circular economies aim to minimize resource inputs, emissions, and energy leakage by designing long-lasting products; maintaining, repairing, and reusing them; and recycling them at the end of their useful life. This is in contrast to traditional linear economies utilizing 'take, make, dispose' models of production. The talk will provide guidance on how organizations can implement circular economy principles related to products, processes, and business models. It will also introduce the Circular Ocean project which pursues innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste arising from waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs). Issues related to waste FNRs, existing products that utilize FNRs, and potential new business models for waste FNRs will be presented.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar149.

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

Thursday: Trends & Lessons from 5 years of the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

For the week of 18 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, September 28 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Accelerating the solutions to ocean plastic: Trends and lessons from five years of the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge, presented by Anne Warner, Innovation Program Manager at Think Beyond Plastic.

Think Beyond Plastic is an innovation accelerator advancing the transition toward bio-based, bio-benign alternatives to conventional plastics. Since 2012, the organization has run an annual innovation challenge for new materials, consumer and business products and cloud-based services all reducing plastic pollution, and an affiliated incubator for 10-20 selected startups each year. This year’s Innovation Challenge, the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge whose deadline for entries is 6 October 2017, is co-managed by UN Environment.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar148.

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

P.S.: MARE is now OCTO – if you need to reach Nick, he's now at nick [at] octogroup.org. Allie is still at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Wednesday: Webinar on A General Approach and Tool to Evaluate the Effectiveness of No-Take Marine Reserves

For the week of 11 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Wednesday, September 20 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on A General Approach and Tool to Evaluate the Effectiveness of No-Take Marine Reserves, presented by Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez, Caio Faro, Melaina Wright, and Jael Martínez of UCSB.

The benefits of no-take marine reserves - where all extractive activities are off-limits - are well known. While previous works provide a set of indicators to evaluate the performance of marine protected areas, they do not provide guidelines to analyze them nor a user-friendly tool to conduct the evaluation. Over the last year, students from The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara collaborated with the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad to provide managers and fishers with tools to evaluate marine reserves taking into account biophysical, socioeconomic, and governance dimensions. An open-source web application called MAREA (Marine Reserve Evaluation App), which automates the evaluation and produces a color-coded scorecard and a technical report was developed from this collaboration. This webinar will cover our general approach for identifying the objectives of a reserve and matching them with proper indicators, describe the analysis that can be performed, and do a demonstration of MAREA.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar147.

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

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