Webinar Archives

This webinar was presented by Jon Day of the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies

The term ‘Management Effectiveness Evaluation’ (or MEE) is well recognized as an important part of adaptive management for any protected area. Differing assessment methodologies have emerged around the world, many of them building upon the Framework agreed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for assessing management effectiveness. In this talk, Jon will discuss some of the lessons learned when applying the IUCN/WCPA framework to assess MEE in a large and complex marine protected area (MPA) like the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Jon will compare and contrast this with a similar, but simpler, use of the same IUCN framework that he developed, working in conjunction with GIZ India, for Indian MPAs.

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

This webinar was presented by Lisamarie Carrubba of NOAA and Vicki Wedell acting Chief for Policy and Planning for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

The Partnerships for Transboundary Protection (PTP) Program was established by NOAA's Office of Protected Resources and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to better connect conservation efforts directed toward marine species and their habitats. Through collaborative conservation that aligns sanctuary management plans, species' recovery plans, and habitat protection, the PTP Program is working to improve internal coordination and management of threatened and endangered species and their habitats, as well as other NOAA resources such as key fishery species in sanctuaries. The PTP Program is also working on expanding collaboration with other marine protected areas and external partners in order to further support conservation and recovery of species such as whales, corals, and Nassau grouper.

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

This webinar was presented by Fernando Secaira of The Nature Conservancy

Nature, including coral reefs, mangroves, wetlands, sand dunes, and healthy beaches, provides the first lines of defense to slow waves, reduce flooding, and protect coastal people and property. Insuring habitats like reefs and beaches can help protect the health and protective services of these ecosystems and ensure they are restored after extreme storms hit. Fernando Secaira of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will discuss a pilot project underway in Mexico in partnership with Swiss Re and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo governments to insure coastal natural ecosystems that support tourism and offer an associated source of funding for ongoing reef protection and repair.

Webinar co-sponsored by the Reef Resilience Network and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

This webinar was presented by Jack Kittinger, Nathan Bennett, Lydia Teh, Katrina Nakamura, Eddie Allison, and Yoshi Ota.

Scientists have been working to make fisheries environmentally sustainable for decades. But startling exposés of human rights violations (particularly the widespread use of slave labor) in the seafood industry in the past few years have highlighted the need for governments, businesses, and nonprofits to start working together to address human rights and social issues in the sector – including access to resources and markets, food security, and livelihood security. Conservation International recently spearheaded a working group of environmental NGOs, social responsibility NGOs, academics, and business leaders to develop a framework for social responsibility and offer concrete recommendations to businesses, governments, and NGOs for ensuring that social responsibility is enforced throughout the seafood supply chain. These recommendations will help businesses reduce reputational risks in their seafood supply chains. They will help governments better regulate marine resources and their national seafood industries. And they will also help nonprofits and donor organizations determine the best ways to direct their resources to address critical social issues. Learn more at stories.conservation.org/a-sea-change-for-seafood.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Webinar presented by Carla Friedrich of UN Environment. 

UN Environment launched #CleanSeas in February 2017 to engage governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter. This campaign is addressing the root cause of marine litter by targeting the production and consumption of non-recoverable and single-use plastic. It is also giving a platform to hundreds of local organizations doing important work on marine litter to highlight their efforts. The campaign contributes to the goals of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, a voluntary open-ended partnership for international agencies, governments, businesses, academia, local authorities and non-governmental organizations hosted by UN Environment. Learn more about #CleanSeas at http://cleanseas.org. 

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

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to significantly expand oil and gas drilling in US waters. This panel will explore the potential impacts of that plan on existing ocean management frameworks. Among other issues, the panel will address: where the proposed drilling plan goes from here (next steps, timelines); potential impacts of the plan on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments; potential impacts on existing regional marine spatial plans; and potential impacts on offshore renewable energy development.

This webinar was presented by Steve Gittings, Science Coordinator NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Tom Moore of the NOAA Restoration Center 

Following Hurricane Irma, a multi-agency and partner effort was launched to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Science divers surveyed more than 50 sites, from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, and found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. Using information from these surveys, a parallel effort to stabilize corals in the most impacted locations was also undertaken. Scientists will share preliminary findings from the assessment cruise and triage activities as well as how such a collaborative effort was coordinated.

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

This Webinar was presented by Tony Ribbink (Sustainable Seas Trust) on behalf of the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN).

After South East Asia, Africa is pouring the second largest amount of debris into the oceans of world. Predictions are that within the next three decades Africa will produce more marine debris than any other continent unless strong, concerted collaborative actions are taken within countries and across their borders. The AMWN is finding solutions to these challenges. An early step was to host the African Marine Waste Conference (see https://youtu.be/RW9c6GEO9oo) where delegates from Africa interacted with experts from around the world.  The strategy arising from the conference will be outlined in the webinar. People from around the world will be invited to help achieve the goals, particularly in building capacity, education, research and promotion of sustainable economic enterprises in impoverished settlements.

Webinar cosponsored by MarineDebris.Info and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

This webinar was presented by Jeff Young, Senior Specialist of Training and Design at EDF.

EDF’s new Virtual Fisheries Academy is a free and open resource for fisheries practitioners all over the world that provides user-driven, interactive courses on key fisheries topics. With these tools, fishery managers, fishermen, scientists and other practitioners can gain the skills they need to design solutions that work best for their fisheries

Webinar cosponsored by MEAM and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

This webinar was presented by Nick Wehner, Project Director of MarXiv and Director of Open Initiatives at OCTO.

Join us for a tour of MarXiv: the (free!) preprint service for the ocean and climate-change sciences. Nick will explain what preprints are, how you can tell when/if you can share your preprint on MarXiv, and explain ways the MarXiv Team will promote your research — including summarizing preprints for managers and policymakers.