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Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform

For the week of 21 May 2018

Join us Thursday, June 14, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform presented by Miles Macmillan-Lawler of GRID-Arenda. 

As we move towards the 2020 deadline for countries to fulfil their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11, now is a good time to take stock and ask the question – are we protecting the right 10% of marine area in our MPAs? Not only does Aichi Target 11 talk about conserving 10% of coastal and marine areas, it specifies the effective conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and ecologically representativeness as key goals. So how do we know if we are achieving this? This webinar will outline a framework for assessing the progress of MPAs in achieving these goals and present the Protected Areas Impact Maps Virtual Research Environment on the BlueBRIDGE platform (https://bluebridge.d4science.org/web/protectedareaimpactmaps), an open access application which uses this framework to assist countries in assessing their progress against Aichi Target 11 and ensuring that they get the right 10%. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar180

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Introducción a la Academia Virtual de Pesquerías de EDF

For the week of 14 May 2018

Join us Thursday, June 28, 11 am US EDT/ 8 am US PDT/ 3 pm UTC for a Spanish language webinar on Introducción a la Academia Virtual de Pesquerías de EDF: empoderando una red global de héroes en gestión de pesquerías por Pam Ruiter y Miguel Gómez de EDF. 

La sobrepesca es un problema global que sólo puede ser superado si se aborda de manera global. Si queremos ver una mejora de nuestros océanos, todas las personas del mundo necesitan del conocimiento, las habilidades y la motivación para diagnosticar los retos y así poder diseñar soluciones eficaces. La Academia Virtual de Pesquerías (https://www.edf.org/Lds) es un recurso abierto y gratis para todos los actores interesados en la gestión de la pesca en todo el mundo, que proporciona cursos interactivos guiados por el propio usuario sobre asuntos relevantes de gestión pesquera. Con éstas herramientas; gestores pesqueros, pescadores, investigadores y otros actores pueden adquirir las habilidades que necesitan para diseñar las mejores soluciones para sus pesquerías. Esta presentación cubrirá explicaciones sobre los recursos que se ofrecen y dará detalles de cómo estas nuevas herramientas están siendo utilizadas para procurar que haya más peces en el agua, una mayor disponibilidad de alimento para las personas y que las comunidades costeras sean más prósperas en todo el mundo. Seminario web organizado por la EBM Tools Network (coordinado conjuntamente por OCTO y NatureServe). 

Overfishing is a global problem that can only be overcome by a global effort to address it. To see a better future for our oceans, people around the world need the knowledge, skills and motivation to diagnose challenges and design effective solutions. EDF’s new Virtual Fisheries Academy (https://www.edf.org/Lde) is a free and open resource for fisheries practitioners all over the world that provides user-driven, interactive courses on key fisheries topics and is available in English and Spanish. 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. This presentation will cover current offerings and discuss 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. To see a recording of our previous English-language webinar on the Virtual fisheries Academy, please clickhttps://www.openchannels.org/webinars/2018/introduction-edfs-virtual-fisheries-academy-empowering-global-network-fishery-heroes. Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar179

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses

For the week of 07 May 2018

Join us Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure. Presented by Mike Beck of The Nature Conservancy and the University of California Santa Cruz

Wetlands and reefs serve as barriers, buffers, and breakwaters from rising seas, swell, and storm surge. Until recently, it was not possible to put a value on the flood damages –  to people and property –  that these coastal habitats avert. This is changing rapidly, however, and recent studies are showing surprising results. Salt marshes can reduce annual flood damages by at least 15 percent. Mangroves can reduce annual flood damages to people and property by 25 percent across the entire nation of the Philippines –  a nation that sees more super storms and typhoons than almost anywhere else. And coral reefs reduce up to 97 percent of wave energy that would otherwise hit coastlines, averting hundreds of millions of dollars in flood in flood damages every year. The protection from coastal habitats is cost-effective as well, particularly when compared to built or gray infrastructure such as seawalls or dikes. A new study uses insurance industry-based models to show that every $1 spent on restoring marshes and oyster reefs on the American Gulf Coast reduces storm damages by $7. This talk will summarize high-level findings from the latest research on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar178

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for MPA Managers

For the week of 30 April 2018

Join us Tuesday, May 8, 2018 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for MPA Managers. Presented by Sara Hutto of Greater Farallones Association and Lara Hansen of EcoAdapt.

This North American Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool helps marine protected area managers evaluate the implications of climate change for the habitats of their sites. The tool was created as part of a project on climate assessment and adaptation by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.  It is available in English and Spanish and has three parts (a user guide, a set of blank worksheets, and a booklet containing sample completed worksheets), which used together allow marine protected area managers to conduct a rapid vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development process. This webinar will cover: 1) why the tool was created, 2) an overview of the tool (how it works, what it looks like, where to find it), 3) the experience of using the tool, and 4) additional application of the tool. Learn more about the tool here.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar177.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses

For the week of 23 April 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure. Presented by Mike Beck of The Nature Conservancy and the University of California Santa Cruz

Wetlands and reefs serve as barriers, buffers, and breakwaters from rising seas, swell, and storm surge. Until recently, it was not possible to put a value on the flood damages –  to people and property –  that these coastal habitats avert. This is changing rapidly, however, and recent studies are showing surprising results. Salt marshes can reduce annual flood damages by at least 15 percent. Mangroves can reduce annual flood damages to people and property by 25 percent across the entire nation of the Philippines –  a nation that sees more super storms and typhoons than almost anywhere else. And coral reefs reduce up to 97 percent of wave energy that would otherwise hit coastlines, averting hundreds of millions of dollars in flood in flood damages every year. The protection from coastal habitats is cost-effective as well, particularly when compared to built or gray infrastructure such as seawalls or dikes. A new study uses insurance industry-based models to show that every $1 spent on restoring marshes and oyster reefs on the American Gulf Coast reduces storm damages by $7. This talk will summarize high-level findings from the latest research on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure. 

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar176

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for MPA Managers

For the week of  16 April 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday May 8, 2018, 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for MPA Managers. Presented by Sara Hutto of Greater Farallones Association and Lara Hansen of EcoAdapt.

This North American Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool helps marine protected area managers evaluate the implications of climate change for the habitats of their sites. The tool was created as part of a project on climate assessment and adaptation by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.  It is available in English and Spanish and has three parts (a user guide, a set of blank worksheets, and a booklet containing sample completed worksheets), which used together allow marine protected area managers to conduct a rapid vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development process. This webinar will cover: 1) why the tool was created, 2) an overview of the tool (how it works, what it looks like, where to find it), 3) the experience of using the tool, and 4) additional application of the tool. Learn more about the tool here.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar174

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

What do you need your conservation planning software to do?

For the week of 09 April 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, April 19, 2018 for a webinar on What do you need your conservation planning software to do? Listening session for the modernization of NatureServe Vista. Presented by Patrick Crist of NatureServe. 

NatureServe Vista is currently an ArcGIS extension that supports general scenario-based assessment at multiple scales, ecological assessments, mitigation planning, and area planning (for multiple objectives) and ongoing adaptive management in any environment (marine, terrestrial, freshwater). NatureServe, founder and co-coordinator of the EBM Tools Network, is embarking on a $500K full modernization of this tool over the next 15 months. The goal of this 90-minute listening session is to get input from the coastal-marine practitioner community to make sure coastal-marine use interests are represented in tool assessment, planning, and mitigation functionality. This session will present plans for the new version of the tool and get participant feedback. To learn more about NatureServe Vista generally, visit www.natureserve.org/vista. (The 8-min video may be particularly useful.)

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar173

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

What can KSAT do for your MPA? KSAT's marine monitoring and data services

For the week of 02 April 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, April 24, 2018 for a webinar on What can KSAT do for your MPA? KSAT's marine monitoring and data services. Presented by Paul Whitaker of KSAT. 

Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) is a Norwegian organization that operates a global network of satellite antennas, handling over 30,000 satellites passes per month from a diverse portfolio of sensors. With ground stations at both poles, KSAT is able to communicate with earth observation satellites every 40 minutes – including cloud-penetrating SAR (synthetic aperture radar), high-resolution optical (capable of identifying vessel types and specifics), and AIS (which can provide detailed information about vessel identities and route specifics when in use). As the number of satellites in orbit continues to grow exponentially, KSAT continues to serve as a single source for accessing information about the marine environment, including vessel information, from anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. This webinar will provide an overview of KSAT’s services and then seek to learn more about the needs of the MPA community, including identifying potential partners for pilot projects to test the utility of KSAT’s services for managing MPAs.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar172

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Cumulative Impact Tools for Maritime Spatial Planning: Current Status of European Efforts

For the week of 26 March 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, May 3, 2018 for a webinar on Cumulative Impact Tools for Maritime Spatial Planning: Current Status of European Efforts.

Cumulative impact tools can be useful for evaluating the environmental effects resulting from human activities in a given area. Several initiatives are underway in Europe to develop and enhance cumulative impact tools and assessments to incorporate the ecosystem-based approach in marine management, as called for in multiple policy frameworks (e.g., Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Maritime Spatial Planning Directive, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive, and regional seas conventions such as the Barcelona Convention). This webinar will share latest developments on cumulative impact tools from Europe, including examples of their application from Portugal and Montenegro. The webinar is co-organized by the EU MSP Platform (www.msp-platform.eu), a service funded by the European Commission to share relevant knowledge and experiences on MSP. The EU MSP Platform recently organized an expert roundtable on cumulative impact tools for maritime spatial planning (http://msp-platform.eu/events/cumulative-impacts-tools-expert-roundtable). Conclusions from this roundtable will be shared during the webinar, including limitations and opportunities for further incorporating these tools in MSP and SEA processes.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar171

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

P.S. Next week we will have half a table at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle. Come by and find us if you're there! 

Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform

For the week of 19 March 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform. Presented by Miles Macmillan-Lawler of GRID-Arendal.

As we move towards the 2020 deadline for countries to fulfil their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11, now is a good time to take stock and ask the question – are we protecting the right 10% of marine area in our MPAs? Not only does Aichi Target 11 talk about conserving 10% of coastal and marine areas, it specifies the effective conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and ecologically representativeness as key goals. So how do we know if we are achieving this? This webinar will outline a framework for assessing the progress of MPAs in achieving these goals and present the Protected Areas Impact Maps Virtual Research Environment on the BlueBRIDGE platform (https://bluebridge.d4science.org/web/protectedareaimpactmaps), an open access application which uses this framework to assist countries in assessing their progress against Aichi Target 11 and ensuring that they get the right 10%.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar170

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

P.S. The Nature Conservancy finished their new Marine Planning website. Check it out here! 

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