Upcoming Events

Sharing the MPA energy from IMPAC4: Highlights and recommendations from the conference

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

Over 1,100 people from 59 countries attended the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile in September 2017. Join us to learn about what happened, including major themes, accomplishments, messages, and next steps. Speakers will include:

  • Lauren Wenzel, Director, National MPA Center, NOAA
  • Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN
  • Gonzalo Cid, International Coordinator, National MPA Center, NOAA
  • Other key players TBA.

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

An Introduction to Business Planning for Protected Areas

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

This webinar will be presented by Andrew Rylance, Technical Advisor to the Government of Seychelles-United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) Protected Area Financing Project (2016-2021).

A workshop on business planning was recently held to support the financial future of protected areas in Seychelles. Outputs developed under this project have global application. This presentation will outline the importance of business planning for protected areas and how business plans can be used as tools to leverage financial support for conservation management. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the components of business plans and a database of protected area business plans where users can access over 45 examples of protected area business plans and guidelines.

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

Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv: The (free!) research repository for ocean-conservation and marine-climate science

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Nick Wehner, Project Director of MarXiv and Director of Open Initiatives at OCTO.

Ocean managers, policymakers, and NGOs routinely face barriers to scientific knowledge: they simply can't afford costly subscriptions to traditional peer-reviewed academic journals. Studies have found that these financial barriers result in less primary science being used in on-the-ground environmental management plans.

MarXiv offers a way to increase access to pay-walled academic literature in a legal manner. An author who retains copyright on their submitted manuscript, known colloquially as a preprint, may upload the manuscript to MarXiv. Anyone may then download and read the preprint free of charge, legally, forever. No more time wasted begging the author for a copy, and no need to "pirate" the research in a not-so-legal manner.

Join us for a tour of MarXiv: the (free!) preprint service for the ocean-conservation and marine-climate sciences. Nick will explain what preprints are, how you can tell when/if you can share your preprint on MarXiv, and explain ways the MarXiv Team will promote your research — including summarizing preprints for managers and policymakers.

Introduction to EDF’s Virtual Fisheries Academy: empowering a global network of fishery heroes

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

Overfishing is a global problem that can only be overcome by a global effort to address it. To see a better future for our oceans, people around the world need the knowledge, skills and motivation to diagnose challenges and design effective solutions.

EDF’s new Virtual Fisheries Academy is a free and open resource for fisheries practitioners all over the world that provides user-driven, interactive courses on key fisheries topics. With these tools, fishery managers, fishermen, scientists and other practitioners can gain the skills they need to design solutions that work best for their fisheries.

Join us as Jeff Young, Senior Specialist of Training and Design at EDF, presents current offerings and discusses how this new tool is already being used to support more fish in the water, more food on people’s plates and more prosperous communities around the world. 

The African Marine Waste Network: Inviting Participation

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

This Webinar will be presented by Tony Ribbink (Sustainable Seas Trust) on behalf of the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN).

After South East Asia, Africa is pouring the second largest amount of debris into the oceans of world. Predictions are that within the next three decades Africa will produce more marine debris than any other continent unless strong, concerted collaborative actions are taken within countries and across their borders. The AMWN is finding solutions to these challenges. An early step was to host the African Marine Waste Conference (see https://youtu.be/RW9c6GEO9oo) where delegates from Africa interacted with experts from around the world.  The strategy arising from the conference will be outlined in the webinar. People from around the world will be invited to help achieve the goals, particularly in building capacity, education, research and promotion of sustainable economic enterprises in impoverished settlements.