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Tuesday: Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making, a Toolkit for Managers

For the week of 7 August 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 15 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers, presented by Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This new toolkit contains key tools and resources for planning and undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and the analyses that contribute to such an assessment. It provides practical step-by-step advice on determining if an “ecosystem services” approach is needed in a given situation; completing a robust ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean and what they do not mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar145.

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

Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework

For the week of 31 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 29 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on the Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework, presented by Kathy Goodin of NatureServe.

Resource managers must monitor ecologically appropriate indicators to effectively evaluate the performance of their activities and to guide adaptive management. To support indicator monitoring efforts, we developed a set of ecological condition and ecosystem service indicators for five ecosystems in the Gulf using an ecological resilience framework. With input from ecosystem experts, we created conceptual ecological models that identify the drivers, stressors, major ecological factors and their key ecological attributes. Using the models as a guide, we identified indicators, metrics and assessment points that will allow monitoring programs to better gauge ecological condition and ecosystem service provision. This work can be used directly by resource managers and restoration practitioners to guide and evaluate the performance of their efforts.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar144.

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

Do Data or Desires Drive MSP?

For the week of 24 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 22 at 9am EDT / 6am PDT / 1pm UTC / 3pm CEST / 4pm IDT for a PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar on Do Data or Desires Drive MSP?

This webinar will be presented by Tundi Agardy (Sound Seas), Jon Day (James Cook University), and Michelle Portman (Technion University).

Data needs, data availability, data sharing, data management…these are always hot topics when countries or institutions embark on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). But how much do data influence MSP processes and is a lack of data a constraint for successful MSP?

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar143.

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

Join us Tuesday for Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation

For the week of 17 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, July 25 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, presented by John Tobin-de la Puente of Cornell University.

The Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) was launched in September 2016 to develop new investment models and funding pipelines for conservation and sustainable development. Three of the coalition’s initial focus areas are watershed management, green infrastructure for coastal resilience, and sustainable coastal fisheries. The group is currently working on developing investment “blueprints” for these areas, i.e., models for investable deals can that produce both environmental and financial returns. Once these blueprints are ready, the coalition will serve as a hub to connect investable conservation projects with financial organizations that are able to structure deals around those projects.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar140.

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

Certification of small-scale fisheries in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges

For the weeks of 3 & 10 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, July 27 at 4pm CEST / 10am EDT / 7am PDT / 2pm UTC for a webinar on Certification of small-scale fisheries in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges.

The webinar will provide an overview on fisheries certification, discuss its applicability for small-scale fisheries in developing country contexts, and analyze alternative approaches that may provide similar benefits and promote the sustainability of fisheries. Please note that this webinar will last for 1.5 hours.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar142.

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

Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit

For the week 26 June 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 15 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers, presented by Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This new toolkit contains key tools and resources for planning and undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and the analyses that contribute to such an assessment. It provides practical step-by-step advice on determining if an “ecosystem services” approach is needed in a given situation; completing a robust ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean and what they do not mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar141.

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

P.S.: We're taking next week off, so your next Weekly Update will be delivered on July 14.

Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation

For the week 19 June 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, July 25 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, presented by John Tobin-de la Puente of Cornell University.

The Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) was launched in September 2016 to develop new investment models and funding pipelines for conservation and sustainable development. Three of the coalition’s initial focus areas are watershed management, green infrastructure for coastal resilience, and sustainable coastal fisheries. The group is currently working on developing investment “blueprints” for these areas, i.e., models for investable deals can that produce both environmental and financial returns. Once these blueprints are ready, the coalition will serve as a hub to connect investable conservation projects with financial organizations that are able to structure deals around those projects.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar140.

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

Green Fins: A tool for reducing the direct impacts of diving and tourism industries

For the week 12 June 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, July 13 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Green Fins: A tool for reducing the direct impacts of diving and tourism industries.

Join Chloe Harvey of Reef-World to learn about Green Fins, a public-private partnership developed by UNEP and The Reef-World Foundation to lead to a measurable reduction in negative environmental impacts associated with SCUBA diving and snorkeling. This webinar will provide information on the Green Fins approach, share successes, and discuss lessons learned. The presentation will highlight newly released tools and resources available to support managers who are interested in reducing the impacts of marine tourism and applying the Green Fins approach in their areas.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar139.

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

Join us 28 June for a webinar on Solutions for a Healthy Planet: Scaling community-led MPA management

For the week 5 June 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, June 28 at 3pm US EDT / noon US PDT / 9pm CET for a webinar on Solutions for a Healthy Planet: Scaling community-led MPA management.

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 two examples of “Blue Solutions” case studies for scaling community-led marine protected area management, explain what made them successful and discuss with the audience.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar137.

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

Join us Tuesday for a webinar on Using US Whistleblower Laws to Fight Illegal Fishing and Marine Pollution and Fund MPAs

For the week 29 May 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, June 6 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Using US Whistleblower Laws to Fight Illegal Fishing and Marine Pollution and Fund MPAs, presented by Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center.

Rewards for whistleblowers – people who inform authorities when a law has been broken – have been extremely successful when effectively implemented. Whistleblower rewards incentivize insiders to report information, and support law enforcement’s ability to detect crime that they might not otherwise uncover. This webinar will provide an overview of whistleblower reward laws relevant to marine practitioners, as well as resources to help wildlife and marine pollution whistleblowers.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar135.

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

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