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Join us 13 September for a webinar on Best Practices on Sustainable Shark and Ray Tourism

For the week of 29 August 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 13 September 2016 for a webinar on Best Practices on Sustainable Shark and Ray Tourism presented by Isabel Ender of Manta Trust and Andy Cornish of WWF.

WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware have collaborated to produce a guide to sustainable shark and ray tourism operations and factsheets that describe three shark and ray tourism sites that utilize MPAs and innovative financing. The webinar will introduce the new guide which is due to be released in late 2016, opportunities to take part in training on the guide, and the factsheets.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar99.

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 Integrated Land-Sea Planning in Puerto Rico

For the week of 22 August 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 30 August 2016 for a webinar on Integrated Land-Sea Planning in Puerto Rico presented by Patrick Crist and Samantha Coccia of NatureServe.

Planning and managing natural resources in coastal regions is highly complex because of the interconnectedness of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine realms; diverse human uses; and climate change. In this presentation, we will explain and demonstrate a toolkit for integrated land-sea planning (ILSP) (also ridge-to-reef planning) comprised of NatureServe Vista, OpenNSPECT, and Marxan. Variations of this ILSP toolkit have been used to address land-based stressors and climate change in other regions of the United States. In this project, the toolkit was used to model land-based stressors; estimate sediment and nutrient loads into the nearshore marine environment; conduct a scenario-based cumulative effects assessment for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity; and guide site-based decision making for conservation and erosion mitigation.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar98.

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

Tuesday: Geographic Information Tools for Ocean Advocacy

For the week of 15 August 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 23 August 2016 for a webinar on Geographic Information Tools for Ocean Advocacy presented by Ludo Nijsten of WWF, Beth Pike of the Marine Conservation Institute, and Andreas Struck of Navent.

Geographic information tools are increasingly important for advocating for and conducting ocean conservation and marine spatial planning. There are many tools available, but applying them effectively can be challenging. For example, many tools require a lot of technical knowledge to apply them. Others only address aspects of an issue which needs to be communicated to the lay public and decision makers. In this webinar, you will learn about several tools – including the MPAtlas.org Campaign Tracker and an AIS/VMS big data analysis of ships to understand fishing patterns - and how to assess the usability of a tool – including how they can be used and what their limitations are.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar97.

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

Decision-support tool for coastal area management based on results of the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)

For the weeks of 1 & 8 August 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 20 September 2016 for a webinar on the Decision-support tool for coastal area management based on results of the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM).

Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has created a decision-support tool to assist policymakers in planning and prioritizing coastal marsh areas for adaptation and conservation. This tool accounts for environmental and socio-economic factors, protection of developed areas, and projections generated using the Sea-level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) along with their inherent uncertainty. A key feature of the tool is that stakeholders set the values that guide it.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar96.

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

Geographic Information Tools for Ocean Advocacy

For the week of 25 July 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 23 August 2016 for a webinar on Geographic Information Tools for Ocean Advocacy presented by Ludo Nijsten of WWF, Beth Pike of the Marine Conservation Institute, and Andreas Struck of Navent. In this webinar, you will learn about several tools – including the MPAtlas.org Campaign Tracker and an AIS/VMS big data analysis of ships to understand fishing patterns - and how to assess the usability of a tool – including how they can be used and what their limitations are.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar95.

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

P.S. Don't miss our live-coverage of IMCC4 starting this Saturday! More information at https://oct.to/imcc4.

Join us for the IMCC4 and OceansOnline Live-blog

For the week of 18 July 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout IMCC4 — the International Marine Conservation Congress held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from July 30 through August 3 and special OceansOnline coverage on 4 August. The live blog will combine our notes from various IMCC sessions, including comments from audience members, highlighted tweets via #IMCC4, and important takeaway messages on conserving our oceans.

For more information and to set an email reminder, please visit https://oct.to/imcc4.

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

P.S. Join us Tuesday, 26 July for a webinar on Protecting the high seas through a new marine biodiversity treaty under UNCLOS.

Thursday: Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium

For the week of 04 July 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 14 July for a webinar on Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS).

This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar93.

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

Integrated Land-Sea Planning in Puerto Rico

For the week of 27 June 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, 30 August for a webinar on Integrated Land-Sea Planning in Puerto Rico presented by Patrick Crist and Samantha Coccia of NatureServe.

Planning and managing natural resources in coastal regions is highly complex because of the interconnectedness of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine realms; diverse human uses; and climate change. In this presentation, we will explain and demonstrate a toolkit for integrated land-sea planning (ILSP) (also ridge-to-reef planning) comprised of NatureServe Vista, OpenNSPECT, and Marxan. Variations of this ILSP toolkit have been used to address land-based stressors and climate change in other regions of the United States. In this project, the toolkit was used to model land-based stressors; estimate sediment and nutrient loads into the nearshore marine environment; conduct a scenario-based cumulative effects assessment for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity; and guide site-based decision making for conservation and erosion mitigation.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar92.

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

Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

For the week of 20 June 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 14 July for a webinar on Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar91.

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

Thursday: Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

For the week of 13 June 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 23 June for a webinar on Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean.

To relieve fishing pressure and provide supplementary income to coastal communities surrounding MPAs, the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) is implementing sustainable, alternative livelihood projects on six islands. Supported by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), small livelihood grants were made available to qualified applicants selected by a regional committee. Projects range from eco-tourism cooperatives, agriculture projects, mooring sites, and training a network of fishers and vendors to catch and market invasive lionfish. The projects have effectively equipped displaced fishers and community members with the skills and investment needed to launch micro-enterprises. In this webinar we will hear about the Livelihood Support Fund concept and implementation, as well as from the facilitators of two national projects.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar90.

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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