Upcoming Events

The Mediterranean and Coastal Tourism - Current Scenarios and Shaping Future Tourism

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 19 at 11:30am US EST / 8:30am US PST / 4:30pm UTC / 5:30pm CET ***

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented crisis in the tourism economy. Estimates of the impact suggest a 75-90% decrease in international tourism in 2020. This puts as many as 120 million jobs globally at risk. Domestic tourism was expected to recover more quickly than international tourism and offer some relief to the sector, particularly in Mediterranean countries and islands, but figures indicate that this has not occurred. Coastal communities have been hardest hit, with an estimated €7 billion decrease in GDP across Small Island Developing States due to the decrease in tourism. Governments and industry are focusing their efforts on applying new health protocols for safe travel; diversifying markets; stimulating demand with new safe and clean labels, information apps, and domestic tourism promotion campaigns; and preparing comprehensive tourism recovery plans. The measures put in place today will shape the tourism of tomorrow, and governments need to support the transition to low carbon and promote the structural transformation needed to build more ecologically and economically sustainable and resilient tourism economies. This webinar offers a panel discussion of high-level decisionmakers across the Mediterranean as they rethink tourism for the future - with an eye on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the “New Normal” for coastal tourism.

***Please note this webinar will run for 1.5 hours.

Presented by: Isidro Gonzalez of the Union for the Mediterranean, Eleni Hatziyanni of the European Commission, Vasileios Zissimopoulos of the Costa Nostrum project, Patrizia Lupi of Wista Italy (Women International Shipping and Trading Association), Armando Montanari of the Sapienza University of Rome School of Tourism, a representative of ASCAME, and a representative of Megara Challenge Tunisia

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

[If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream here at the time of the webinar]

Revolutionizing ocean data to mitigate climate change, overfishing, and pollution

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 1 at 2pm US EST / 11am US PST / 7pm UTC

Presented by: Annie Brett, University of Florida Levin School of Law

Ocean management is often undermined by a lack of data on human activity and on the waters themselves. Pirate fishers plunder the high seas with impunity, knowing they cannot be traced. Crew members on legitimate fishing boats are tortured and even murdered, out of sight. Stocks are overfished because most quotas are set only annually, using last year’s data. New technology platforms are beginning to change this. Data from satellites, autonomous underwater vehicles, and other platforms are coming together with emerging data streams from social media, smartphones, and low-cost distributed sensors to create a ‘data tsunami’. More data were collected on the oceans in 2018 alone than in the entire twentieth century. Ocean data management has not kept pace with this precipitous growth, however, and limits our ability to use this new ocean data to address ocean threats. In this webinar, we will present ways we need to revolutionize the collection, sharing, and accessibility of ocean data to address climate change, overfishing, and pollution.

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

If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream here at the time of the webinar.

Developing a financial sustainability assessment tool for Marine Protected Areas

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 8 at 2pm US EST / 11am US PST / 7pm UTC

Lack of financial resources and staff capacity may limit the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in meeting their conservation objectives. We are developing a replicable framework to assess the sustainability of MPA financial strategies and identify potential solutions to identified risks, including improving the efficiency and allocation of available resources, expanding or improving in-place financial mechanisms, and developing alternative financial mechanisms. The framework development and assessment is supported by real-world case studies from Colombia, the Caribbean Netherlands, Belize, and Mexico.

Presented by: John Bohorquez of Stony Brook University

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

[If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream here at the time of the webinar]

Building a State Plan to Monitor and Assess Marine Litter: Lessons Learned

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 2pm US EST / 11am US PST / 7pm UTC

Marine litter monitoring programs are essential to determining and promoting feasible and effective actions to combat marine litter. However, consistent long-term monitoring programs are scarce worldwide. To address this gap, a statewide plan to monitor and assess marine litter was developed for São Paulo, Brazil. Combining science and public policies in a participatory construct, the plan introduces a set of suggested indicators that can be applied by a wide group of stakeholders and in a variety of locations and contexts.

Presented by: Carla Elliff, Mariana M. de Andrade, Natalia M. Grilli, and Vitória Scrich of the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo, Brazil

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

[If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream here at the time of the webinar]