Upcoming Events

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

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Helen Fox of RARE and David Gill of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

Marine Protected Areas (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. Learn more about the project at www.sesync.org/mpa-performance. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

Tools to Plan for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

Presented by Lauren Long and David Betenbaugh of NOAA.

A major challenge for coastal communities is planning for the impacts of current and future flood hazards. This webinar will highlight two resources that NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has developed to facilitate resilience planning in coastal communities. The first step in planning for flood impacts is to understand a community’s exposure to coastal flood hazards. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper helps communities get the conversation started about flood hazard risks and vulnerabilities by providing maps and information showing where people, places, and natural resources are at risk from flooding. The mapper displays shallow coastal flooding, flood zones, storm surge, sea level rise, and a composite view of flood hazards, along with societal, infrastructure, and ecosystem information. The next step in planning is to identify and prioritize strategies that address climate and hazard risks. 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. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be 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. A geodatabase was established, metadata were documented, and data and methodological gaps were assessed along with challenges in identifying the extent of these habitats. The maps compiled for North America document 24,200 km2 of seagrass, 13,500 km2 of salt marsh, and 10,100 km2 of mangrove. Only half of the continent’s seagrasses have been mapped, and priority sites were identified for future mapping. The 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. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Live Chat on The Marine Planning Concierge with Mary Ruckelshaus and Gregg Verutes of the Natural Capital Project

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC

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.

The Concierge, similar to the help desk located in a hotel lobby, aims to provide clear, modular advice for any stage of the planning process, and to offer a curated library of useful resources. The Concierge also describes and links to examples of how the Natural Capital Project and others engaging in marine planning processes around the world have gotten over common hurdles, such as how to move forward when data is scarce, how to synthesize and visualize data from different sources and units, or where to go for help when the tools you're using are beyond your technical expertise. The Concierge also connects users to helper tools that make it easier to use the InVEST toolkit.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, Mary Ruckelshaus (Managing Director) and Gregg Verutes (Science Education Lead) of the Natural Capital Project will introduce the Concierge and take your questions. With help from the marine planning community, they hope to iteratively improve the website and to continue to amass a library of interactive guidance to support a variety of decisions that lead to better outcomes for people and nature.

Chat co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

About Live “Office Hour” Chats: The event will be an interactive chat conducted by typing and reading text. There is no audio component. Office Hour chats provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions to our panelists and share their own experiences and insights with panelists and other participants. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts. Inappropriate or off-topic content will be controlled. Audience members are encouraged to login with their Facebook or Twitter accounts or type in their name below the comment box, so we can easily match participants’ questions with answers. Recently answered questions will be "pinned" to the top of the Chat interface below. If you miss the live event, a transcript will be available on this page after the event concludes.


Live Blog Live Chat on The Marine Planning Concierge
 

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

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC

The UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme (WHMP) was created in 2005 to establish effective conservation of the unique marine areas protected under the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Today, the 47 coastal and marine World Heritage sites represent the 'Crown Jewels of our Ocean' and are recognized for their outstanding beauty, exceptional biodiversity, or unique ecological, biological or geological processes. They are selected under strict criteria and through a rigorous nomination, evaluation and inscription process. In cooperation with a variety of partners, the WHMP is developing innovative ways to support site managers with their conservation challenges, while simultaneously advancing the application of the World Heritage Convention for protecting the planet’s most valuable and unique marine places.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, Dr. Fanny 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.

Chat co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

About Live “Office Hour” Chats: The event will be an interactive chat conducted by typing and reading text. There is no audio component. Office Hour chats provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions to our panelists and share their own experiences and insights with panelists and other participants. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts. Inappropriate or off-topic content will be controlled. Audience members are encouraged to login with their Facebook or Twitter accounts or type in their name below the comment box, so we can easily match participants’ questions with answers. Recently answered questions will be "pinned" to the top of the Chat interface below. If you miss the live event, a transcript will be available on this page after the event concludes.


Live Blog Live Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme
 

Mapping Ocean Wealth

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Rob Brumbaugh of The Nature Conservancy. Mapping Ocean Wealth is a new initiative to deliver scientifically rigorous information about ocean benefits in a way that helps decision-makers make choices about investments and tailor management decisions that affect the ocean. The project will inform stakeholders– private industry, public management officials and leaders, and conservationists – about WHERE and HOW ocean benefits are produced using maps and data that enable evidence-based decisions and tradeoff analyses. It is a collaborative project open to partners both within and beyond the conservation sector who are committed to sharing data, results and best practices. The project considers the ocean’s many contributions to the physical and economic wellbeing of people around the globe — in terms of jobs, food security, storm buffering, tourism benefits, etc. as well as in dollars. In this webinar, we will highlight some of the progress to date on mapping benefits, creating policy-relevant information, and making this information readily accessible through our online data portal at http://oceanwealth.org. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Inspire Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Claire Fackler of NOAA. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a system of fourteen marine protected areas, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes. 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. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Monitoring Progress: The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Healy Hamilton and Xuemei Han of NatureServe. The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard is a web-enabled, interactive dashboard that enables tracking of biodiversity and conservation performance data in a clear, user-friendly format. It can help organizations track progress toward conservation targets, support monitoring and reporting, inform outcome-based policy making for the protection of natural resources, and catalyze necessary investments in information infrastructure. The dashboard enables users to track key indicators of biodiversity and conservation performance data. Example indicators include deforestation rate (for pressure on biodiversity), the IUCN Red List Index (for state of species), Key Biodiversity Areas (for conservation response), and freshwater provision (for benefits to human populations). It was set up to analyze three regions: the tropical Andes, the Great Lakes of Africa, and the Mekong River Valley, with potential to expand to any other geographic regions. This webinar will give an overview of the dashboard and its current and other possible uses. Learn more about the dashboard at www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/projects/biodiversity-indicators-dashboard. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org and the EBM Tools Network.

Ocean Parks and the 2016 National Park Service Centennial

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be 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. Learn more at www.nature.nps.gov/water/oceancoastal. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.