Upcoming Events

The effects of climate change in marine spatial planning: pathways and solutions

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

As marine spatial planning (MSP) operates in a changing ocean, properly addressing and integrating climate effects is vital. However, few marine spatial plans properly or explicitly consider climate change. This is a complex topic, full of intricacies, dimensions, and challenges (scientific, socioeconomic, and political), and multiple solutions will be needed. We highlight ways forward, based on real examples around the globe, on how climate change can be integrated into MSP. Links with global ocean governance goals and sustainable development will be explored.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News, MarineDebris.info)

Presented by: Catarina Frazão Santos of the University of Lisbon and NOVA-SBE and Tundi Agardy of Sound Seas

Connecting Our Blue Planet: Building Ecologically Connected Marine Protected Area Networks

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 14 at 10am US EDT / 7am US PDT / 2pm UTC

The interconnectedness of the ocean is one of its defining characteristics. This ability of species and processes to move and flow from place-to-place, called ecological connectivity, is increasingly recognized as a key aspect of successful marine conservation. Two recent reports highlight the importance of both protecting and leveraging connectivity conservation for successful MPA management. Both the IUCN “Guidelines for conserving connectivity through ecological networks and corridors” and the National MPA Center brief “Ecological Connectivity for Marine Protected Areas” make the case for ecological connectivity and provide practical recommendations for moving marine conservation forward by increasing consideration and application of fundamental ecological connectivity processes. This webinar will provide an overview of these reports and serve to stimulate discussions and actions that lead to greater protection of ecological connectivity as part of marine conservation.

Presented by: Gary Tabor of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Barbara Lausche of Mote Marine Laboratory, Zachary Cannizzo of NOAA, and J. Wilson White of Oregon State University

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, IUCN Connectivity WCPA Conservation Specialist Group, and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

The Clean Currents Coalition: A global collaborative solution to the complex plastics problem

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 20 at 2pm US EDT / 11am US PDT / 6pm UTC

Research shows that 80% of the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean comes from land, with rivers acting as one of the major pathways. Therefore, rivers provide a high-impact opportunity for intercepting plastic waste before it reaches the ocean. The Clean Currents Coalition is a global network of 9 teams combatting the flow of plastic waste from river systems to the ocean. The Coalition are piloting technologies for physical capture of plastic waste in polluted rivers and catalyzing policy-based, infrastructural, and societal change to reduce plastic waste leakage into those rivers. Join the webinar to learn more about the solutions championed by Coalition member teams in their river systems, the plastic-intercepting technologies they are piloting, and the strategies for creating behavior change in these communities.

Presented by: Molly Morse and Valeria Tamayo-Canadas from the Benioff Ocean Initiative

Co-sponsors: OCTO (MarineDebris.info, OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)