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