Upcoming Events

Challenges and opportunities of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at 3pm Italy/ 1pm UTC / 9am US EDT

This webinar will be presented by Giuseppe di Carlo of WWF.

The webinar will address the current situation of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, including challenges and opportunities. WWF has been supporting a number of Mediterranean MPAs in advancing towards effective management, coherent planning and capacity building for staff. WWF also founded MedPAN, the regional MPA network that today counts 100 members and partners from 18 countries. The webinar will present the complexity of the MPA system in the Mediterranean, highlight success stories and define immediate needs to achieve Aichi Target 11. 

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

The 2nd Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, towards 2020 and beyond

Event Date: 
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 3 pm France / 1pm UTC / 9am US EDT

This webinar will be presented by Pierre Vignes, coordinator of the 2016 Forum for MedPAN, the network of Marine Protected Areas Managers in the Mediterranean.

Every 4 years, the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean triggers a unique process during which managers, policymakers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scien­tific community tackle the challenges MPAs face in the region. The 2016 edition of the Forum is a key milestone in view of the 2020 deadline of the Convention for Biological Diversity targets. The high point of the Forum process is a 4-day event to assess the progress made and what’s left ahead according to the MPA roadmap developed at the 2012 Forum and now adopted by the Barcelona Convention. What should still be done to conserve, through effectively managed MPAs and other area-based conservation measures, at least 10% of the Mediterranean Sea by 2020? How to address MPA issues, especially those related to climate change, with a long-term and integrated vision? Get involved, MPAs are everyone’s business.

The Barcelona Convention efforts towards achieving Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean region: Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent network of Well-Managed MPAs to Achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2pm Tunis / 1pm UTC / 9am US EDT

This webinar will be presented by Souha EL ASMI, Programme Officer at the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA – UNEP/MAP).

Advancing marine conservation, particularly through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been an important priority agenda in the Mediterranean, particularly for the past two decades. The Barcelona Convention in particular played a convening role and an important umbrella for a multitude of MPA initiatives in the region, with several actors increasing their efforts to support the achievement of the global 2012 MPA target and the subsequent Aichi Target. In this regard, its Contracting Parties have adopted in 2009 a “Regional Working Programme for the Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Sea including the High Sea”, and in 2016 a “Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent network of Well-Managed MPAs to Achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean”.

The webinar will introduce these regional strategies and tools and highlight the efforts made in terms of marine and coastal protected areas establishment and management in the Mediterranean region.

Ocean Highlights from the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will features speakers: Lauren Wenzel, Director of the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center; Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme; and Dan Laffoley, IUCN Principal Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation for the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas.

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

Characterizing the lobster fishery for future use in ocean planning

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Nick Battista of the Island Institute.

The Island Institute recently published a report offering a non-spatial characterization of the Maine lobster fishery to inform the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning process. The lobster fishery is the fourth largest fishery in the US, and 90% of the domestic lobster catch comes from Maine waters. Currently, understanding of how the lobster fishery uses New England’s ocean waters is incomplete because of limited mapping at various scales. For this report, lobstermen from the seven Maine lobster management zones were interviewed about how they fish throughout the year, their perspectives on how lobster fishing has changed in the last 15 to 20 years, how they approach new ocean uses and ocean planning, and how they adapt to increased efforts in their fishing areas. This study provides a framework for providing key contextual information on fishermen’s concerns for other data poor industries, such as the tuna fishery. The full report is available at http://www.islandinstitute.org/resource/lobster-and-ocean-planning.

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).