Upcoming Events

Integrated Land-Sea Planning in Puerto Rico

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Patrick Crist and Samantha Coccia of NatureServe.

Planning and managing natural resources in coastal regions is highly complex because of the interconnectedness of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine realms; diverse human uses; and climate change. In this presentation, we will explain and demonstrate a toolkit for integrated land-sea planning (ILSP) (also ridge-to-reef planning) comprised of NatureServe Vista, OpenNSPECT, and Marxan. Variations of this ILSP toolkit have been used to address land-based stressors and climate change in other regions of the United States. In this project, the toolkit was used to model land-based stressors; estimate sediment and nutrient loads into the nearshore marine environment; conduct a scenario-based cumulative effects assessment for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity; and guide site-based decision making for conservation and erosion mitigation. Further development of this project will focus on integration of sea level rise, storm surge, and tsunamis to also support coastal resilience planning. Learn more about the toolkit at www.natureserve.org/biodiversity-science/publications/integrated-land-sea-planning-technical-guide-integrated-land-sea.

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

World Conservation Congress 2016 Live Blog

Event Date: 
1-10 September 2016

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout WCC 2016 - the World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawai'i from 1-10 September 2016. We will be operating on Hawaii-Aleutian Time (UTC-10), so for you Americans that's 3 hours behind Seattle, and 6 hours behind Washington, D.C.. For Europe, that's 11 hours behind London, and 12 hours behind Berlin.

The live blog will combine short notes from various WCC sessions during the public sessions from 1-5 September only, including comments from audience members, highlighted tweets via #WorldConservationCongress and #WCC2016, and important takeaway messages on conserving our oceans.


Live Blog World Conservation Congress 2016 Live Blog

Best Practices on Sustainable Shark and Ray Tourism

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 9am US EDT / 6am US PDT / 1pm UTC / 3pm CEST

This webinar will be presented by Isabel Ender of Manta Trust and Andy Cornish of WWF.

WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware have collaborated to produce a guide to sustainable shark and ray tourism operations and factsheets that describe three shark and ray tourism sites that utilize MPAs and innovative financing. The webinar will introduce the new guide which is due to be released in late 2016, opportunities to take part in training on the guide, and the factsheets.

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

Decision-support tool for coastal area management based on results of the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Jonathan Clough and Marco Propato of Warren Pinnacle Consulting.

Conservation planning and management under accelerated sea level rise can be complicated by the numerous data sets available and the many needs, sometimes conflicting, that policymakers need to accommodate. Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has created a decision-support tool to assist policymakers in planning and prioritizing coastal marsh areas for adaptation and conservation. This tool accounts for environmental and socio-economic factors, protection of developed areas, and projections generated using the Sea-level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) along with their inherent uncertainty. A key feature of the tool is that stakeholders set the values that guide it. Stakeholders define the ranking and values of various wetland ecosystem services (qualitative and quantitative). These values are integrated with SLAMM predictions and applied to the parcels of currently existing and predicted future marsh lands. This presentation will focus on the development and an example application of the tool. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

Demonstration of the DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer Marine Mapping Program and its IUU Fishing Applications

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Alyson Kauffman and Vipul Prasad of DigitalGlobe.

The DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer platform is a marine mapping program that allows users to display multiple layers of information and allows for fish catch reporting. In addition to oceanographic data layers such as plankton and sea surface temperatures, users can also display satellite and terrestrial AIS data, as well as vessel positions from VMS. InsightExplorer combines synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and AIS technologies with advanced behavioral analytics to provide users with the most comprehensive viewing method for authorities to monitor and manage all maritime activities within their area of jurisdiction. For IUU fishing detection, DigitalGlobe helps monitoring agencies narrow search areas by providing fishing activity prediction capabilities, vessel behavior detection, zone infringement alerts (for EEZ’s, MPAs, etc.), and high-resolution satellite images of potentially illegal activity. Read about some of DigitalGlobe’s work helping to find slave boats in the South Pacific at http://www.ap.org/explore/seafood-from-slaves/ap-tracks-slave-boats-to-papua-new-guinea.html.

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

Facilitating Collaborative Public Decisions: A Video-Based Training Tool

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Steven Yaffee of the University of Michigan.

Whether you are a stakeholder, facilitator, agency official, or student, this tool can help you understand and facilitate real-world public decision making processes. Using multimedia examples drawn from the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, the tool enables users to explore strategies for facilitating the different stages of collaborative decision making. This tool was created to help a variety of users expand their expertise and increase their understanding of facilitation strategies, challenges, and steps in a collaborative process. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).