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Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

For the week of 16 June 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 at Noon EDT / 9 am PDT / 4 pm GMT for webinar on Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance. It will be presented by Corinne Martin of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardised metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data. Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1). Register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/754265744.

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

Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs

For the week of 9 June 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT for a webinar on Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs. It will be presented by Priscilla Brooks of the Conservation Law Foundation and Charlie Wahle of the NOAA MPA Center.

Recreational uses of MPAs are expanding rapidly in the US and around the globe. While promising many benefits to users and the sites, this trend has also raised concerns about the sustainability of increased use and about the capacity of most MPAs to manage and facilitate these diverse and often novel activities. To that end, the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, working with the NOAA MPA Center, has examined this challenge and has developed a suite of recommendations and best practices for managers to consider in addressing this trend. Register at http://bit.ly/OCWebinar17.

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

Mismatches between the scale of ecosystems and the scale of management

For the week of 2 June 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The latest issue of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) is now available at http://bit.ly/MEAM-June-2014. This issue focuses on scale in management and planning with uncertainty. You may access the newsletter for free using the link above or you may download the PDF here.

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

Preparing for Disaster at MPAs

For the week of 26 May 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT for webinar on Preparing for Disaster at MPAs. TThe presentation will focus on the need to consider disaster response planning for marine protected areas using the example of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Mississippi. Natural and anthropogenic disasters will be discussed, with emphasis on impacts associated with hurricanes and oil spills. For full details and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar16.

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

Monitoring the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes Economy

For the week of 19 May 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

NOAA's Digital Coast is hosting a webinar, 4 June 2014, on Monitoring the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes Economy. This webinar will be an interactive dialogue between Duke University Nicholas Institute scholar Linwood Pendleton and NOAA economist Jeff Adkins. They will be sharing highlights and data development methods, related international efforts, and ways in which the data can be used to improve coastal and ocean management. To register, please visit http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/june042014/event/registration.html.

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

Vessel Tracking Data Used for Ocean Planning

For the week of 12 May 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

NOAA's Digital Coast is hosting a webinar, 2 June 2014, on Vessel Tracking Data Used for Ocean Planning. This webinar will provide an overview of the data available and examples of how the MarineCadastre.gov AIS data are being used, including scoping wind planning areas, evaluating ship anchorage areas, and analyzing changes to shipping lanes through a national marine sanctuary. To register, please visit http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/june022014/event/registration.html.

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

Live Chat on Inspiring Conservation and Management Action through Film: Q&A with Karen Anspacher-Meyer and Eva Barnett

For the week of 5 May 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT for a live "Office Hour" chat with the producer and outreach coordinator of Ocean Frontiers I and II, Karen Anspacher-Meyer and Eva Barnett of Green Fire Productions. This live chat will provide an opportunity to discuss how film can be used to inspire conservation and management action, and to learn more about the making and use of the film. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/OC-Chat-Frontiers.

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

Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise in MPAs

For the week of 28 April 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday (8 May 2014) at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT for webinar on Listening to our Sanctuaries: Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise in Marine Protected Areas. This presentation will discuss NOAA's interest in conserving acoustic habitat quality in addition to minimizing adverse physical and behavioral impacts of noise to specific species. It will also focus on the role that National Marine Sanctuaries are playing in NOAA's ocean noise strategy through both science and management initiatives. For full details and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar15.

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

Introducing the new OpenChannels Weekly Update

For the week of 21 April 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Welcome to the new (and let's be honest, vastly improved!) OpenChannels Weekly Update. We hope the new format serves you well. As always, we welcome your feedback: feel free to send your thoughts (+ or -) to me at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Quick note that registration for our upcoming training on Stakeholder Engagement in MSP with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution is now over capacity. Because of the immense interest, we will likely be holding an additional training to accommodate those of you on the wait-list. More details to come.

Online Training: Principles for Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Marine Planning with the Udall Foundation’s US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT for an online training session with the Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution on "Principles for Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Marine Planning." This virtual training will present and explore principles and best practices for stakeholder engagement in marine planning. Brian Manwaring and Lauren Nutter will examine the benefits and challenges of engaging stakeholders and the public, and share a range of tools and techniques available to enable positive stakeholder engagement.

This training will be interactive, drawing from the experiences of the presenters and the audience members themselves to illustrate best practices and lessons learned. The format will be 45 minutes of training, followed by 45 minutes of Q&A and audience discussion.

The training will be limited to the first 95 attendees to RSVP. For more information, and to reserve your spot, please visit http://bit.ly/OCEvent1.

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