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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

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

For the week of 25 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 11 February for a webinar on Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats, presented by Karen Richardson of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Blue carbon denotes the long-term storage of carbon within plant habitats growing in coastal lands and nearshore marine environments. 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.T he area of blue carbon habitat within marine protected areas and terrestrial protected areas was also determined, and an initial analysis of priority areas in all three habitats for blue carbon preservation, restoration and management was conducted.

For more information and to set an email reminder, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar74.

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

Helping Marine Planners Get a Better Night’s Sleep! New Video Series on Practical Solutions for Ocean Planning

For the week of 18 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Tuesday, 8 March for a live "Office Hour" chat with Karen Anspacher-Meyer and Jennifer McCann on Helping Marine Planners Get a Better Night’s Sleep! New Video Series - Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions for Ocean Planning.

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. As ocean planning advances around the world, these short, to-the-point interviews featuring global marine planning leaders are a vital addition to the field’s knowledge base. Watch a few of our favorite interviews and hear insights from Karen and Jen on the main lessons to draw from the videos.

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

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

For the week of 11 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Wednesday, 20 January for a webinar on the Status of Marine and Coastal EBM among the Network of US Federal Programs.

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/OCWebinar73.

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

The Post-Holiday Edition

For the weeks of 21 December 2015 through 04 January 2016

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.

In November, 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

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

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