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Join us Thursday 14 April for a webinar on Ocean Exploration and MPAs: Priorities, Technological Advances, and Partnerships

For the week of 04 April 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 14 April for a webinar on Ocean Exploration and MPAs: Priorities, Technological Advances, and Partnerships.

This webinar will be presented by Alan Leonardi of NOAA. Advances in technology for ocean exploration are allowing us to reach new depths and previously unknown areas. As we reach these new frontiers, what is the interface between ocean exploration and the MPA community like? And how can state-of-the art ocean exploration support the research and policy decisions surrounding the nation's system of marine protected areas? Join this webinar for a presentation by and discussion with Alan Leonardi of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar82.

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

Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

For the week of 28 March 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/OCWebinar81.

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

Project Eyes on the Seas

For the week of 21 March 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 12 May for a webinar on Project Eyes on the Seas, presented by Mark Young of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Illegal fishing is a global concern that threatens the long-term health of our oceans, worsens the impact of overfishing on critical marine ecosystems, and costs up to an estimated $23.5 billion annually. It accounts for 1 of every 5 fish taken from the world’s seas and jeopardizes the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who depend on the oceans’ resources. The Pew Charitable Trusts has partnered with the Satellite Applications Catapult to pioneer Project Eyes on the Seas. This cutting-edge technology platform combines satellite monitoring and imagery data with other information, such as fishing vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar80.

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

Join us Thursday for What Social Marketing Can Offer Conservation and Management

For the week of 14 March 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 24 March for a webinar on “To Target Everyone Is to Target No One”: What Social Marketing Can Offer Conservation and Management, presented by Diogo Veríssimo of Rare and Georgia State University.

Conservation and management efforts can benefit from marketing because effective conservation and management are also about getting people – resource users, resource managers, consumers, local citizens, politicians, etc. – to change their behavior. In some cases, the desired changes are ending human behaviors/activities with negative environmental impacts such as poaching. In others, it is encouraging positive behaviors such as purchasing sustainably sourced seafood. This webinar will cover what social marketing is (and isn’t), what it offers to conservation and management practitioners, and examples of social marketing being used in a marine conservation context.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar77.

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

The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats

For the week of 7 March 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, 27 April for a webinar on The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH). CCVATCH is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts - land managers and researchers - to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar79.

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

Join us Tuesday for Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions for Ocean Planning

For the week of 29 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, 8 March for a live "Office Hour" chat on Helping Marine Planners Get a Better Night’s Sleep! The new video series - Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions for Ocean Planning.

In this live text-based chat, Karen Anspacher-Meyer of Green Fire Productions and Jennifer McCann of University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and RI Sea Grant will be available to discuss the video series and answer your questions. What keeps ocean planners up at night? And how are they tackling the challenges they face? Green Fire Productions interviewed global marine spatial planning leaders who had gathered to discuss solutions to the top ten challenges they face. The resulting series of brief video interviews, Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions on Ocean Planning, represent a significant achievement in the capture of good practices and lessons learned in marine spatial planning.

For more information and to set an email reminder, please visit https://oct.to/OCChat1.

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

Ocean Exploration and MPAs: Priorities, Technological Advances, and Partnerships

For the week of 22 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 14 April for a webinar on Ocean Exploration and MPAs: Priorities, Technological Advances, and Partnerships.

This webinar will be presented by Alan Leonardi of NOAA. Advances in technology for ocean exploration are allowing us to reach new depths and previously unknown areas. As we reach these new frontiers, what is the interface between ocean exploration and the MPA community like? And how can state-of-the art ocean exploration support the research and policy decisions surrounding the nation's system of marine protected areas?

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar78.

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

To Target Everyone Is to Target No One”: What Social Marketing Can Offer Conservation and Management

For the week of 15 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 24 March for a webinar on “To Target Everyone Is to Target No One”: What Social Marketing Can Offer Conservation and Management.

This webinar will be presented by Diogo Veríssimo of Rare and Georgia State University. Marketing techniques, honed by the commercial sector, are inherently about getting people to change their behavior, whether it is buying a product, recycling, or supporting a new approach to management. Conservation and management efforts can benefit from marketing because effective conservation and management are also about getting people – resource users, resource managers, consumers, local citizens, politicians, etc. – to change their behavior. This webinar will cover what social marketing is (and isn’t), what it offers to conservation and management practitioners, and examples of social marketing being used in a marine conservation context.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar77.

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

Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic

For the week of 08 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 10 March for a webinar on the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic, presented by Brad Barr of NOAA.

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two nineteenth century whaling ships nearly 144 years after they sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions. The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped by pack ice close to the Alaskan Arctic shore in September 1871. No one died in the incident, but it is cited as one of the major causes of the demise of commercial whaling in the United States.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar76.

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

Using InVEST for Coastal Zone Management

For the week of 01 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Tuesday, 23 February for a webinar on Using InVEST for Coastal Zone Management, presented by Katie Arkema of Stanford University, Gregg Verutes of WWF, and Chantalle Clarke-Samuels of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority.

Ocean planning requires balancing numerous competing uses such as recreation and commercial fisheries, tourism, and renewable and nonrenewable energy production. To help meet the demand for information on how human actions affect ecosystems and the benefits that ecosystems provide to people, the Natural Capital Project (NatCap) developed the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) toolkit. In 2010, Belize’s Coastal Zone Management Authority partnered with WWF and NatCap to answer the question, “Where should we site coastal and ocean uses to reduce risk to marine ecosystems and enhance benefits they provide to people?” The project team used a risk assessment tool in InVEST to assess how threats to marine ecosystems posed by humans and other factors can modify ecosystem condition and function.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar75.

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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