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Webinar on a Toolkit for Engaging Local Communities in MPA Management

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, April 10 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 6 pm GMT for a webinar on a Toolkit for Engaging Local Communities in MPA Management by Matt Ferris-Smith, Samantha Miller, Joe Otts, and Michelle Zilinkskas of the University of Michigan. Based on interviews with MPA managers, staff, and community members from across the US, the toolkit addresses topics including building trust and understanding with community members, increasing collaboration with communities, increasing awareness and knowledge of protected areas, and fostering stewardship behavior.

For full details and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar14.

Announcing the MPA List listserv

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new email-based discussion forum for the marine protected area community: the MPA List. Created by MPA News and OpenChannels, the MPA List provides a simple way for managers, researchers, and others to share knowledge, discuss current issues, and stay up-to-date on the latest news and announcements.

Global Ocean Refuge System to Protect Marine Life Worldwide (GLORES) by Lance Morgan of the Marine Conservation Institute

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT for a webinar with Lance Morgan of the Marine Conservation Institute on, the Global Ocean Refuge System to Protect Marine Life Worldwide (GLORES). GLORES is a science-based strategy for advancing marine protected areas worldwide. For full details, and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar13.

Live Interactive Chat with the Authors of Global Conservation Outcomes Depend on MPAs with Five Key Features

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on on Monday, March 3 at 3pm PST / 5pm EST / 10pm GMT (or for those of you in Hobart, Australia that's Tuesday 4 March at 9am) for a LIVE interactive chat with Dr. Graham Edgar and his coauthors on their latest paper, Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features. Full details will be posted on the OpenChannels homepage soon. In the meantime, join the debate with Dr. Peter JS Jones about his thoughts on the paper.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Marine Areas (MESMA) by Oscar Bos of IMARES

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us for a webinar on Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Marine Areas (MESMA) by Oscar Bos of IMARES on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 6 pm GMT. Created by the European Community, the MESMA framework is a step-wise approach to the evaluation and monitoring of spatially managed marine areas. The framework provides guidance on the selection, mapping, and assessment of ecosystem components and human pressures. It also addresses the evaluation of management effectiveness and potential adaptations to management, including governance. The webinar will highlight the framework and geospatial tools for implementing it. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar12.

Comment on Blogs directly from your inbox

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Did you know as OpenChannels members, you may comment on OpenChannels Blogs directly from your inbox? Simply login with your OpenChannels user account and click the Subscribe to new updates of content of this type link just above the comments section on any Blog. You'll get an email when a new Blog is posted. Responses to those emails will be automatically posted as a comment on the Blog's page. It's that easy!

Webinar on Ecosystem Services Harmonization in Theory and Practice by Evangelia Drakou of the EC's Joint Research Centre

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on February 5th at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm GMT for a Webinar on Ecosystem Services Harmonization in Theory and Practice by Evangelia Drakou of the EC's Joint Research Centre. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar11.

Live virtual seminar on Marine Renewable Energy and the Environment: Progress and Challenges by Dr. Brian Polagye

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Wednesday, January 22 at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / midnight GMT for a live, virtual seminar by Dr. Brian Polagye speaking on Marine Renewable Energy and the Environment: Progress and Challenges. This event will be streamed live with a Google Hangout on Air from the University of Washington's IGERT Program on Ocean Change, Winter 2014 Seminar Series.

For more information, and to join the live event, please visit http://bit.ly/IGERT-Seminar-2.

Webinar on Coastal Resilience 2.0

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Happy New Year from the OpenChannels Team! This update compiles all the information we have added over the last three weeks. Also, don't forget about Tuesday's webinar (January 14) on Coastal Resilience 2.0 with Zach Ferdaña and Nicole Love of The Nature Conservancy, at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar10.

Happy Holidays from OpenChannels!

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

OpenChannels was officially launched in October 2012, and my how time flies! We have had over 27,000 unique visitors since then (over a thousand on one day alone!) and we would be nowhere without you, the lovely people who read these emails, check-in on a regular basis, and tell your friends about us. There are now 972 registered OpenChannels members just like you, and we'd love to break 1,000 before 2014. So while you're spreading holiday cheer this year, spread the word about OpenChannels as well. It would make us feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, because we know helping you, the amazing OpenChannels Community, helps the oceans. Happy holidays!!

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