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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.

Listening to our Sanctuaries: Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise in Marine Protected Areas

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, May 8, 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.

Upcoming MPA-related webinars announced

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Our upcoming webinar list is now full and happy! Browse through the list at http://bit.ly/OC-Upcoming-Events and register now to reserve your spot. If you haven't registered already, join us Thursday 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. You may register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/886880984.

Join OpenChannels on Tuesday for a live "Office Hour" Chat on Marine Spatial Planning in Reality

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us this coming Tuesday (1 April) for a live "Office Hour" chat on Marine Spatial Planning in Reality: Preliminary Governance Findings of the MESMA Project with Peter JS Jones and Louise Lieberknecht at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT. For full details and to join the chat, please visit http://bit.ly/OC-Chat-MESMA.

*News Update - 15 new posts this week*
The World Ocean Council (WOC) will be hosting a Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning in New York City, 28-30 September 2014. Full details are at http://bit.ly/OpenChannels238.

Two upcoming live "Office Hour" chats: 26 March and 1 April

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on 26 March at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT for a live chat with Rodolphe Devillers, lead author of the recently published paper on the establishment of MPAs in Australia. For full details and to join the chat, please visit http://bit.ly/OC-Chat-MPA-Siting-Biases. In the meantime, read up on the Open Access paper, Reinventing residual reserves in the sea: are we favouring ease of establishment over need for protection? at http://bit.ly/Devillers-paper.

Live Q&A with Rodolphe Devillers on MPA establishment in Australia on March 26

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on March 26 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 6pm GMT for a live chat with Rodolphe Devillers, lead author of the recently published paper on the establishment of MPAs in Australia. Full details will be up on the OpenChannels homepage shortly. In the meantime, read up on the Open Access paper, Reinventing residual reserves in the sea: are we favouring ease of establishment over need for protection? at http://bit.ly/Devillers-paper.

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.

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