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Thursday: Webinar on Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas

For the week 30 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas, presented by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, and Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel.

MPAs require sustainable long-term funding for designation and management – including for education, outreach, monitoring, research, policy development, and enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a wide-range of approaches for obtaining external funding, important guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar118.

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

Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States

For the week 23 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States, presented by Robert Weary of The Nature Conservancy.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to climate change. However, extremely high public debt ratios make it difficult for these countries to invest in modifying infrastructure and improving coastal and flood protection. The goal of our work is twofold: 1) to facilitate the transaction of donations and investments for climate change adaptation as well as biodiversity conservation in the marine realm and 2) provide highly indebted countries with an innovative financial tool to restructure their debt and allow for debt relief as well as secure capital flows for investments into climate change adaption activities.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar117.

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

Wednesday: Webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

For the week 9 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9am US EST / 2pm UTC / 3pm CET / 4pm EET for a webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter, presented by Nicola Beaumont of PML, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of BCZMAI.

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 how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making. Two Blue Solutions case studies will be featured: “Nature’s contribution to the economy” in Bonaire and “Mapping and valuing ecosystem services for integrated management” in Belize.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar115.

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

Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative

For the weeks of 26 December 2016 & 2 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative, presented by Rodolphe Devillers of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a web portal that is used to integrate, summarize, and communicate information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) globally. Based on a crowdsourcing approach, the data are all freely accessible, helping the global SSF community to better qualify and quantify SSF and their importance. The system provides diverse information, including people and organizations involved in this field, publications, and detailed profiles of SSF at specific locations.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar114.

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

Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

For the week of 19 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9am US EST / 2pm UTC / 3pm CET / 4pm EET for a webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter, presented by Nicola Beaumont of PML, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of BCZMAI.

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 how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar113.

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

Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas

For the week of 12 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas, presented by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, and Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel.

MPAs require sustainable long-term funding for designation and management – including for education, outreach, monitoring, research, policy development, and enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a wide-range of approaches for obtaining external funding, important guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar112.

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

Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs

For the weeks of 5 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs, presented by Mark Carr of UCSC.

The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar111.

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

Thursday: Webinar on Demonstrating Relevance: Applying Lessons on Management Effectiveness at Grays Reef NMS

For the weeks of 21 & 28 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Demonstrating Relevance: Applying Lessons on Management Effectiveness at Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary, presented by Sarah Fangman of NOAA.

While the sanctuary protects an abundance of marine life, very few people know about it, and even fewer visit. With few users and very little awareness the sanctuary even exists, sanctuary staff began an evaluation process to examine the MPA's relevance and how to move the site forward into the future. This webinar will describe how the site designed and completed an analysis of the sanctuary's education, outreach and resource protection programs and how staff are working to bring more awareness to a small, remote marine protected area and ensure management effectiveness.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar110.

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

December 1st: Update on Efforts to Establish MPAs in the Southern Ocean

For the week of 14 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on an Update on Efforts to Establish MPAs in the Southern Ocean, presented by Mi Ae Kim of NOAA.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has been working to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, which would contribute to its objective – the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources. Two proposals have been under consideration since 2012, MPAs in the Ross Sea Region and East Antarctica. An overview and the latest updates on CCAMLR’s MPA efforts will be provided during the webinar.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar109.

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

Tuesday: Webinar on Microfibers: The Next Frontier of Plastic Pollution and the Search for a Solution

For the week of 7 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, November 15 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Microfibers: The Next Frontier of Plastic Pollution and the Search for a Solution, presented by Elissa Loughman (Patagonia), Bess Ruff (UCSB Bren School) and, Angela Howe (Surfrider Foundation).

Scientists are still beginning to understand the effects of plastic pollution on marine life who suffer injury and death through entanglement and ingestion of the synthetic material. Now we’ve discovered that there is a new microscopic form of plastic pollution entering our waterways from the washing of clothing that includes nylon, acrylic, and PET materials. The agitation and centrifuging occurring during the wash cycle releases micro- and nano plastic fibers into the wastewater stream that end up in sewers, rivers, and the ocean. This webinar will explore the cutting-edge science investigating microfibers from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management informing us about the nature and threat of microfibers. In addition, an industry perspective on this new development will be presented addressing possible responses and solutions to the problem.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar108.

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

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