Upcoming Events

Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Rodolphe Devillers of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a web portal that is used to integrate, summarize, and communicate information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) globally. Based on a crowdsourcing approach, the data are all freely accessible, helping the global SSF community to better qualify and quantify SSF and their importance. The system provides diverse information, including people and organizations involved in this field, publications, and detailed profiles of SSF at specific locations. The system allows users to access data as a map or a table, generate reports, and export data for further analyses. ISSF was developed as part of the international project "Too Big to Ignore”. Access the portal at https://dory.creait.mun.ca.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, and Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel.

MPAs require sustainable long-term funding for designation and management – including for education, outreach, monitoring, research, policy development, and enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a wide-range of approaches for obtaining external funding, important guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island Developing States

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Robert Weary of The Nature Conservancy.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to climate change. However, extremely high public debt ratios make it difficult for these countries to invest in modifying infrastructure and improving coastal and flood protection. The goal of our work is twofold: 1) to facilitate the transaction of donations and investments for climate change adaptation as well as biodiversity conservation in the marine realm and 2) provide highly indebted countries with an innovative financial tool to restructure their debt and allow for debt relief as well as secure capital flows for investments into climate change adaption activities. Protecting the “blue economy” of island states will ultimately reduce vulnerability of both marine ecosystems and the economy as a whole (e.g., through sustained fishing grounds and tourism). And debt conversions allow national governments to free capital streams and direct them into climate adaptation and marine conservation activities that ultimately will restore natural and human resilience to threats of climate change. Join us on this webinar to learn more about relevant debt conversions including how they are financed, managed, utilized, and retired. Learn more about a relevant swap for the Seychelles at https://meam.openchannels.org/news/meam/money-matters-financing-multi-sector-ocean-planning-and-management. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

Impact Investing to Fund Marine Conservation

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

There has been a lot of talk about impact investing as a source of funding for marine conservation priorities. What is impact investing? How does it work, and what can managers do to attract impact investors to fund their projects?

Join us for a webinar with Kelly Wachowicz, Managing Partner of Catch Invest, an impact investing firm supporting fishermen, conservation, and communities. Kelly will talk about investing to support sustainable fisheries and fisheries transitions and share several case studies that highlight some of the opportunities and challenges with this emerging funding tool.

Learn more about impact investing for marine ecosystems and communities at https://meam.openchannels.org/news/meam/impact-investing-ocean-ecosystems-and-users-capital-available-projects-needed and https://meam.openchannels.org/news/meam/can-better-ocean-management-and-profitability-go-hand-hand-two-entrepreneurs-give-examples.

Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs

Event Date: 
Thursday March 9, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Mark Carr of UCSC.

The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by by Carlie Herring of NOAA.

Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about what microplastics are, the different types, the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris, and future research needs.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).