Upcoming Events

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Karen Richardson of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Blue carbon denotes the long-term storage of carbon within plant habitats growing in coastal lands and nearshore marine environments. With support from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, maps of blue carbon habitats- seagrass, salt marsh, and mangroves- on the coasts of Canada, Mexico and the United States were collected, verified and compiled to create the first continent-wide collection of blue carbon habitat maps. These maps show that seagrasses grow coastally throughout North America, mangroves are primarily tropical, and salt marshes are primarily temperate/arctic. A geodatabase was established, metadata were documented, and data and methodological gaps were assessed along with challenges in identifying the extent of these habitats. The maps compiled for North America document 24,200 km2 of seagrass, 13,500 km2 of salt marsh, and 10,100 km2 of mangrove. Only half of the continent’s seagrasses have been mapped, and priority sites were identified for future mapping. The area of blue carbon habitat within marine protected areas and terrestrial protected areas was also determined, and an initial analysis of priority areas in all three habitats for blue carbon preservation, restoration and management was conducted. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Using InVEST for Coastal Zone Management

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Katie Arkema of Stanford University, Gregg Verutes of WWF, and Chantalle Clarke-Samuels of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority. Ocean planning requires balancing numerous competing uses such as recreation and commercial fisheries, tourism, and renewable and nonrenewable energy production. To help meet the demand for information on how human actions affect ecosystems and the benefits that ecosystems provide to people, the Natural Capital Project (NatCap) developed the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) toolkit. In 2010, Belize’s Coastal Zone Management Authority partnered with WWF and NatCap to answer the question, “Where should we site coastal and ocean uses to reduce risk to marine ecosystems and enhance benefits they provide to people?” The project team used a risk assessment tool in InVEST to assess how threats to marine ecosystems posed by humans and other factors can modify ecosystem condition and function. They then applied a suite of other models within InVEST to map and measure key ecosystem services – annual production of spiny lobster, tourism and recreation, and coastal protection in this case – and changes in value under different management scenarios. An important outcome of the Belize project is an “Informed Management” zoning scheme that blends development and conservation goals and is currently under review by the Belize National Assembly.

Live Chat with Karen Anspacher-Meyer and Jennifer McCann on Helping Marine Planners Get a Better Night’s Sleep! New Video Series - Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions for Ocean Planning

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

What keeps ocean planners up at night? And how are they tackling the challenges they face? Green Fire Productions interviewed global marine spatial planning leaders who had gathered to discuss solutions to the top ten challenges they face. The resulting series of brief video interviews, Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions on Ocean Planning, represent a significant achievement in the capture of good practices and lessons learned in marine spatial planning. As ocean planning advances around the world, these short, to-the-point interviews featuring global marine planning leaders are a vital addition to the field’s knowledge base.  Watch a few of our favorite interviews and hear insights from Karen and Jen on the main lessons to draw from the videos.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, Karen Anspacher-Meyer of Green Fire Productions and Jennifer McCann of University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and RI Sea Grant will be available to discuss the video series and answer your questions.

Important notes: This is not a webinar! This is a live text-based chat. All questions and responses will be in plain-text. There is no audio/visual component (except for screenings of a few selections from the video series). To ask a question: simply type within the chat box below and be sure to enter your full name, or you may login to the CoverItLive interface with either Facebook or Twitter. Questions or problems? Email OpenChannels Project Manager, Nick Wehner, at [email protected] or tweet us @OpenChannelsOrg.

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Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic

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

This webinar will be presented by Brad Barr of NOAA. NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two nineteenth century whaling ships nearly 144 years after they sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions. The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped by pack ice close to the Alaskan Arctic shore in September 1871. The whaling captains had counted on a wind shift from the east to drive the ice out to sea as it had always done in years past. The ships were destroyed in a matter of weeks, leaving more than 1,200 whalers stranded at the top of the world until they could be rescued by other seven ships from the fleet located about 80 miles to the south in open water off Icy Cape. No one died in the incident, but it is cited as one of the major causes of the demise of commercial whaling in the United States. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

“To Target Everyone Is to Target No One”: What Social Marketing Can Offer Conservation and Management

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Diogo Veríssimo of Rare and Georgia State University. Marketing techniques, honed by the commercial sector, are inherently about getting people to change their behavior, whether it is buying a product, recycling, or supporting a new approach to management. Marketing brings together elements of psychology, sociology, economics, and graphic design to help understand people and how they make decisions and build relationships with them. Conservation and management efforts can benefit from marketing because effective conservation and management are also about getting people – resource users, resource managers, consumers, local citizens, politicians, etc. – to change their behavior. In some cases, the desired changes are ending human behaviors/activities with negative environmental impacts such as poaching. In others, it is encouraging positive behaviors such as purchasing sustainably sourced seafood. This webinar will cover what social marketing is (and isn’t), what it offers to conservation and management practitioners, and examples of social marketing being used in a marine conservation context. Read more about social marketing for conservation and management. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Project Eyes on the Seas

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Mark Young of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Illegal fishing is a global concern that threatens the long-term health of our oceans, worsens the impact of overfishing on critical marine ecosystems, and costs up to an estimated $23.5 billion annually. It accounts for 1 of every 5 fish taken from the world’s seas and jeopardizes the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who depend on the oceans’ resources. The Pew Charitable Trusts has partnered with the Satellite Applications Catapult to pioneer Project Eyes on the Seas. This cutting-edge technology platform combines satellite monitoring and imagery data with other information, such as fishing vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity. Learn more at http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/video/2015/project-eyes-on-the-seas.

Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

To relieve fishing pressure and provide supplementary income to coastal communities surrounding MPAs, the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) is implementing sustainable, alternative livelihood projects on six islands. Supported by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), small livelihood grants were made available to qualified applicants selected by a regional committee. Projects range from eco-tourism cooperatives, agriculture projects, mooring sites, and training a network of fishers and vendors to catch and market invasive lionfish. The projects have effectively equipped displaced fishers and community members with the skills and investment needed to launch micro-enterprises. In this webinar we will hear about the Livelihood Support Fund concept and implementation, as well as from the facilitators of two national projects.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.