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Live "Office Hour" Chat on The Marine Planning Concierge

For the week of 24 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, September 15 at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC for a live "Office Hour" chat with Mary Ruckelshaus and Gregg Verutes of the Natural Capital Project on The Marine Planning Concierge. To help address common questions and planning dilemmas, the Natural Capital Project's Marine Team has designed a "concierge" to make it easier to learn about, get inspired by and implement marine planning. The Marine Planning Concierge is a website that connects users to resources for using ecosystem services in marine planning. They are curious about whether or not this kind of guidance might be useful in other aspects of the Natural Capital Project’s work to lower barriers to using ecosystem service understanding in diverse types of decisions. For more information and to join the chat, please visit http://bit.ly/OCChat5.

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

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

For the week of 17 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 10 September 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats, presented by Karen Richardson of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. With support from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, maps of blue carbon habitats- seagrass, salt marsh, and mangroves- on the coasts of Canada, Mexico and the United States were collected, verified and compiled to create the first continent-wide collection of blue carbon habitat maps. These maps show that seagrasses grow coastally throughout North America, mangroves are primarily tropical, and salt marshes are primarily temperate/arctic. A geodatabase was established, metadata were documented, and data and methodological gaps were assessed along with challenges in identifying the extent of these habitats. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar59.

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

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Tools to Plan for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change

For the weeks of 03 & 10 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Tools to Plan for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change, presented by Lauren Long and David Betenbaugh of NOAA.This webinar will highlight two resources that NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has developed to facilitate resilience planning in coastal communities. Coastal green infrastructure is an emerging approach that communities are using to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards. With limited budgets for projects like green infrastructure, communities must prioritize natural areas that give the most benefits. The Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide is an interactive online resource to help spatial analysts who are tasked with using GIS to prioritize green infrastructure to reduce hazard impacts and aid in climate adaptation. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar58.

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

Join us as we welcome the Mare Nostrum Network to the OpenChannels Community

For the week of 20 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

You may have noticed an influx of Mediterranean-focused information being shared on OpenChannels over the last few weeks. That's because we've built the Mare Nostrum Network a home here on OpenChannels. Thanks to their efforts supporting the Mediterranean, more international news and information will be flowing through OpenChannels. They just launched this week, so give them an "official" hello at https://marenostrum.openchannels.org.

Do you represent an NGO currently engaged in coastal and/or marine conservation in the Mediterranean? Fill out this form to join the Mare Nostrum Network. Not an NGO? Anyone may subscribe to their monthly newsletter: just sign-in to your OpenChannels account and edit your user profile. They'll be a checkbox to subscribe to the Mare Nostrum Network Newsletter.

Your OpenChannels user account will work across both OpenChannels and the Mare Nostrum Network sites. But do note that if you share content, it'll be added to the part of the site you're currently on. Don't worry though, we share a lot! If you posted a new item relevant to the Mediterranean on the OpenChannels side of things, it'll surely be picked up on the Mare Nostrum Network side by their team.

So please join me in welcoming the Mare Nostrum Network to OpenChannels, and thank you for being a part of the Community.

-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes

For the week of 13 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, August 13 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes, presented by Helen Fox of RARE and David Gill of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. MPAs are increasingly being employed as a tool to promote biodiversity conservation and maintain ecosystem goods and services. Their impacts vary significantly, however. This webinar will present a project that brings together interdisciplinary experts and datasets to examine the linkages between MPA governance and ecological outcomes at a global scale. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar56.

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

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes

For the week of 29 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, August 13 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm UTC for an upcoming webinar on Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes. Marine Protected Areas are increasingly being employed as a tool to promote biodiversity conservation and maintain ecosystem goods and services. Their impacts vary significantly, however. This webinar will present a project that brings together interdisciplinary experts and datasets to examine the linkages between MPA governance and ecological outcomes at a global scale. Learn more about the project at www.sesync.org/mpa-performance. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar56.

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

Guide to Consistent Protection Across Europe from Destructive Fishing in EU Natura 2000 Sites

For the weeks of 15 & 22 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, July 14 at 2 pm GMT / 4 pm CEST / 10 am EDT / 7 am PDT for an upcoming webinar on a Guide to Consistent Protection Across Europe from Destructive Fishing in EU Natura 2000 Sites. This webinar will describe how the Marine Conservation Society and ClientEarth have collaborated for seven years on a national campaign to protect EMS from destructive fishing, and how UK authorities and regulators have responded. That response includes several promising new initiatives to deliver improved protection for EMS, developed with fishing communities. Jean-Luc and Catherine suggest that the UK experience is adaptable to other EU member states that also face destructive fishing in their own EMS. For more inforation and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar42.

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

Live 'Office Hour' Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO

For the week of 01 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 16 July 2015 at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC for a live 'Office Hour' chat with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO on the World Heritage Marine Programme. Dr. Douvere, Coordinator of the UNESCO World Heritage Progamme, will be available to discuss all things related to the Programme including what the program does, the impact that it has, how the program is developing and expanding, and why the World Heritage Committee has a unique ability to hold nations accountable for their conservation actions. For more information and to set an email reminder, please visit http://bit.ly/OCChat8.

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

Global Fishery Recovery: Possibilities and pathways for the future

For the week of 25 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Global Fishery Recovery: Possibilities and pathways for the future. What is the potential of the world's ocean fisheries? In this webinar, Environmental Defense Fund and partners will discuss new research on the potential of the world's ocean fisheries. The presentation will focus on the current status of global fisheries and the possible biological, social and economic outcomes from recovering the many that are currently at-risk. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar55.

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, June 11 for a webinar on Lessons Learned: Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Tourism

For the week of 18 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, June 11 at 2pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm GMT for a webinar on Lessons Learned: Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Tourism with Martha Honey, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Coastal resort and cruise tourism are the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry, and uncontrolled, large scale tourism development is causing an array of environmental damage to beaches, coastal waters, and some MPAs. In addition, coastal & marine tourism is both a contributor to and victim of climate change. This presentation examines some of these problems, as well as efforts by industry innovators to construct and operate coastal and marine tourism in ways that minimize environmental impacts and mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar54.

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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