Upcoming Events

Impact Investing to Fund Marine Conservation

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

There has been a lot of talk about impact investing as a source of funding for marine conservation priorities. What is impact investing? How does it work, and what can managers do to attract impact investors to fund their projects?

Join us for a webinar with Kelly Wachowicz, Managing Partner of Catch Invest, an impact investing firm supporting fishermen, conservation, and communities. Kelly will talk about investing to support sustainable fisheries and fisheries transitions and share several case studies that highlight some of the opportunities and challenges with this emerging funding tool.

Learn more about impact investing for marine ecosystems and communities at https://meam.openchannels.org/news/meam/impact-investing-ocean-ecosystems-and-users-capital-available-projects-needed and https://meam.openchannels.org/news/meam/can-better-ocean-management-and-profitability-go-hand-hand-two-entrepreneurs-give-examples.

Washed Ashore: Combining art and science to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

Marine debris is a threat to our environment, navigation safety, the economy, and human health. There is no longer a marine environment untouched by our trash. If we take the current state and trends of marine debris as the inevitable future reality, it’s easy to lose hope of finding a solution. But engaging in the language of the arts enables us to move beyond the world as we see it. The arts engage the creative, imaginative, and intuitive parts of brain that must be used to find innovative solutions that will change the future. Through combining science and art, we can recreate the world.

The Washed Ashore Project uses community art created from marine debris with the help of thousands of volunteers to raise awareness about plastic pollution in order to spark changes in the consumer habits that have generated this global issue. Over the past two years, with NOAA support, Washed Ashore has worked to create a curriculum based on the goals of our project. The lessons bring together art and science to help students understand the plastic pollution issue and communicate about it using the language of the arts. Workshops to introduce the curriculum and receive feedback were held at Washed Ashore exhibit venues around the country and the curriculum was piloted in Bandon, Oregon, where Washed Ashore is based.

In this webinar, Patrick Chandler, the Washed Ashore curriculum author and project manager, will discuss his experience using art to communicate, conducting teachers’ workshops, curriculum development, and share lessons learned. This webinar is co-sponsored by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, the West Coast Marine Debris Alliance, OpenChannels, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs

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

This webinar will be presented by Mark Carr of University of California at Santa Cruz and Sarah Robinson of Critical Inquiries Research.

The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

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

Drivers and implications of change in global ocean health as demonstrated by the Ocean Health Index

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Ben Halpern of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Steve Katona of Conservation International.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is a scientific assessment framework that combines and compares biological, physical, economic, and social elements of ocean health to assess how sustainably ocean resources are utilized within a given region. The OHI team recently published its fifth annual global assessment. For this webinar, lead scientists Benjamin Halpern and Steven Katona will discuss changes in OHI scores over five years, possible causes and consequences of those changes, challenges and opportunities for composite indicators to incorporate the best available science each year, and lessons learned in repeating and improving the OHI assessment each year.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by by Carlie Herring of NOAA.

Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about what microplastics are, the different types, the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris, and future research needs.

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

Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Erich Pacheco and Johanna Polsenberg of Conservation International and Julie Lowndes of NCEAS.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is the first assessment tool that scientifically combines key biological, economic, and social elements of ocean health to guide decision makers towards sustainable use of the ocean. Now working in more than 30 countries globally, the Ocean Health Index is a useful tool across geographic jurisdictions where coastal and marine policy decisions are made. Its standardized structure is repeatable and familiar across assessment jurisdictions but it is flexible to represent the important social and ecological characteristics, values, and priorities of the area assessed. Independent groups are able to lead assessments within their own waters, deciding what is important to measure and which data to include while building directly from the experiences and methods from other OHI assessments.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA.

The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html.

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

Ecological Marine Units: A 3-D Mapping of the Ocean Based on NOAA’s World Ocean Atlas

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Dawn Wright of Esri.

This webinar reports progress on the Ecological Marine Units (EMU) project, a new undertaking commissioned by the Group on Earth Observations, to develop a standardized and practical global ecosystems classification and map for the oceans. The EMU is comprised of a global point mesh framework, created from 52,487,233 points from the NOAA World Ocean Atlas. Each point has x, y, z, as well as six attributes of chemical and physical oceanographic structure (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, silicate, phosphate) that are likely drivers of many ecosystem responses. We identify and map 37 environmentally distinct 3D regions (candidate ‘ecosystems’) within the water column. These units can be attributed according to their productivity, direction and velocity of currents, species abundance, global seafloor geomorphology, and more. A series of data products for open access will share the 3D point mesh and EMU clusters at the surface, bottom, and within the water column, as well as 2D and 3D web apps for exploration of the EMUs and the original World Ocean Atlas data. This webinar will provide an overview of the EMU project and cover recent developments and future plans for the EMUs. 

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

A Coastal Conservation Leadership Program in Washington State

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Casey Dennehy of the Surfrider Foundation.

The Surfrider Leadership Academy is a unique program on the Washington State coast that has been offered to coastal conservation leaders the last two years. The program follows the principles of networked leadership, collaboration, and Marshall Ganz's public narrative framework and concludes with a self-identified group project. Learn more about the Academy at https://washington.surfrider.org/surfrider-leadership-academy-washington-coast.

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