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Status of Marine and Coastal EBM among the Network of US Federal Programs

For the week of 14 December 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Wednesday, 20 January for a webinar on How to Improve Marine Conservation Research in Small Island States. This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of practice among a number of US federal programs employing EBM approaches in the ocean, coastal zone, and the Great Lakes. The National Ocean Policy EBM-Subgroup recently conducted a study using social network analysis to explore similarities among programs in different topic areas (e.g., type of audience, partners, training, EBM best management practices and principles). The study found substantial differences in perceived and effective performances across programs, with Management programs showing a higher level of integration of EBM approaches than Non-Management programs. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar72.

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

How to Improve Marine Conservation Research in Small Island States

For the week of 07 December 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Wednesday, 16 December for a webinar on How to Improve Marine Conservation Research in Small Island States.

During this webinar, Edward Hind, Jake Kritzer and Nicola Smith will present findings from their paper, Fostering effective international collaboration for marine science in small island states, which examines the barriers to effective collaborations among foreign and local scientists, institutions, and funders, and provides recommendations for leaping over them. Presenters will discuss best practices for international collaboration among these fisheries stakeholders as well as present real life case study examples demonstrating how these practices were implemented in the Bahamas and Cuba. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar71.

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

A New Era of Cooperation Between Cuba and the US Established Through MPAs

For the week of 30 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 14 January for a webinar on A New Era of Cooperation Between Cuba and the US Established Through MPAs, presented by Daniel Whittle of EDF and Billy Causey of NOAA.

On Nov 18, 2015, NOAA and the US National Park Service signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to cooperate on the conservation and management of Marine Protected Areas – one of the first bilateral arrangements following the recent renewal of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. This groundbreaking accord follows years of work by EDF and others to bring together marine scientists, resource users and managers in both countries to develop joint conservation strategies for the marine ecosystem of the region. This presentation will highlight Cuba’s spectacular marine environments, the development of the system of MPAs in Cuba, and how the establishment of sister sanctuary programs under the agreement will facilitate greater understanding and protection of the marine resources our two countries share. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar70.

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

The Rapidly Changing Arctic

For the week of 23 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 10 December for a webinar on The Rapidly Changing Arctic with Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. This webinar will provide an overview of the rapid changes that are taking place in the Arctic: social, economic, environmental and governmental, and will summarize the Arctic Council history and current agenda. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar67.

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

Join us 2 December for a webinar on the Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond

For the week of 16 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Wednesday, 2 December for a webinar on the Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond with Chris Costello and Ray Hilborn. The Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond is a new collection of research designed to inform decision makers, including governments and investors, on effective ocean and coastal resource management strategies to maximize economic, conservation and societal benefits. The research demonstrates how governance and management reform can reduce poverty while achieving economic gains, increasing food production, replenishing fish and conserving ocean health for future generations. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar66.

Also, I'm pleased to announce that we're launching a discussion list – the Ocean Planning Community listserv – for people on the front lines of marine spatial planning and ocean conservation. It's designed to help you and your peers share experience and good practices with one another: what worked, what didn't, what you learned. I'd be delighted for you to join. Signup and learn more about the list here.

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

Join us 18 November for a webinar on A Community-Based Tool for Designing TURF-Reserves

For the week of 09 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 18 November for a webinar on the A Community-Based Tool for Designing TURF-Reserves. During this webinar, Sarah Poon of Environmental Defense Fund’s Fishery Solutions Center will discuss how TURFtools works and how it allows fishery stakeholders to anticipate tradeoffs in biological and economic performance of different spatial designs to facilitate a more informed decision-making process for TURF-Reserve design. Jenn Macy Humberstone, a recent Bren graduate student, will share her experience traveling to the Philippines to pilot the tool with EDF staff and partners using data from two small-fishing communities. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar65.

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

Join us 17 November for a webinar on the Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

For the week of 02 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 17 November for a webinar on the Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. TESSA provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar64.

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

Ocean Parks and the 2016 National Park Service Centennial

For the week of 26 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 12 November for a webinar on Ocean Parks and the 2016 National Park Service Centennial presented by Cliff McCreedy of the US National Park Service. The National Park Service is entrusted with managing 86 ocean and Great Lakes parks across 22 states and four territories. With over 11,000 miles of coast and 2.5 million acres of ocean and Great Lakes waters, the parks provide tremendous recreational benefits and biological and cultural values to the nation. The Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. The Park Service Centennial will include events and activities across the ocean and coastal parks as part of the Find Your Park Centennial campaign as well as virtual experiences via social media and the web. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the breadth and extent of coastal resources and issues in the National Park System and the NPS Centennial. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar63.

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

Land Cover Products for Understanding Water Quality Impacts

For the weeks of 12 & 19 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Tuesday, 27 October for a webinar on Land Cover Products for Understanding Water Quality Impacts presented by Rebecca Love and Nate Herold of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Land use and land cover have significant impacts on ecosystem health—with impervious surface runoff and natural areas that provide flood protection or pollutant filtering being obvious examples. Information on how and where these and other land changes are occurring is essential to understanding the potential impacts from past management practices and choosing the right course of action for the future. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) provides nationally standardized land cover and change information for the coastal United States. This presentation will provide an overview of these data sets, show where to find them on the Digital Coast, and highlight several tools that make use of them. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar62.

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 a webinar on Inspiring Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs

For the week of 28 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, October 8 for a webinar with Claire Fackler of NOAA on Inspiring Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs. The National Marine Sanctuary System's education and outreach programs inspire ocean and climate literacy and stewardship of the national marine sanctuaries through engaging hands-on, STEM field programs, teacher workshops, student activities, social media, and free online resources. Learn about the impacts of these unique programs through formative and summative evaluations and how you too can inspire ocean and climate literacy, as well as conservation and stewardship through your own marine protected area. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar60.

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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