Presented by Valerie Grussing of the NOAA National MPA Center. The Cultural Heritage Resources Working Group of the MPA Federal Advisory Committee is creating a virtual toolkit for coastal and MPA managers on cultural resource management. The toolkit will provide practical guidance to help MPA managers effectively manage cultural resources. The webinar will present the draft toolkit and provide an opportunity for feedback. Read the Recommendations for Integrated Management Using a Cultural Landscape Approach for the National MPA System at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/pdf/helpful-resources/mpafac_rec_cultural_landscape_12_11.pdf. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
Presented by Will McClintock of the University of California at Santa Barbara. SeaSketch is a platform for collaborative design of science-based ocean management plans, including marine protected areas, transportation zones, and renewable energy sites. SeaSketch can generate hundreds of alternative proposals and can provide analytical feedback (e.g. habitat protected, potential social or economic costs and benefits) on a given proposal within seconds. Users can share their sketches, discuss their ideas, share views of maps, and post file uploads to discussion forums. This webinar will present how SeaSketch has been used in two projects: the Blue Halo Initiative in Barbuda and the Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP). The Blue Halo Initiative used SeaSketch to engage nearly every resident of the small island of Barbuda in the collaborative design of a comprehensive zoning plan for the area within Barbuda’s 3 nautical mile boundary. SeaSketch was configured to show how well user-generated zones met science and policy guidelines for ecosystem protection and minimizing economic impacts to fishermen. The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) is a collaborative planning process for four coastal and marine areas in British Columbia. SeaSketch is assisting MaPP by enabling on-line access to MaPPs' extensive spatial data library and creating analytical tools to support MaPPs' work including integrating Marxan outputs with SeaSketch visualization tools create and/or compare draft protection management zones. Learn more at www.seasketch.org. This webinar was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Julie Randall, Vice President of Programs, The WILD Foundation. Marine Wilderness is a powerful vision of functional, healthy and resilient marine life that regenerates populations of wild species interconnected to form productive food webs. It also provides a picture of what wild nature looks like and does compared to places with more significant human impacts. The Marine Wilderness 10+10 Project is a collaborative effort of 10 partners led by The WILD Foundation to reverse marine life depletion and habitat decline by applying a science-based strategy to halt overfishing and destructive human use. For 20 sites around the world (a quarter in the United States), organized teams of stakeholders equipped with project tools and visuals will chart, assess, and act to expand and deepen protections that consider livelihood, cultural and recreational concerns while ensuring ecological needs are met. Through WILD’s partnership with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), the project will help change public values concerning marine life toward an active constituency for marine wilderness. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
Presented by Sara Hutto of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Climate-Smart Adaptation Project for the North-central California Coast and Ocean is an effort to integrate adaptive management, as well as monitoring, mitigation, and climate change education, into sanctuary management. The project will produce a comprehensive and prioritized adaptation implementation plan based on climate-smart principles. A climate-smart approach seeks nature-based solutions to reduce climate change impacts on wildlife and people, and enhance resilience to sustain vibrant, diverse ecosystems. Phase 1 of the project consists of a 2-part workshop series that engages scientists and resource managers to identify focal species, habitats, and ecosystem services and develop vulnerability assessments for these focal resources. Phase 2 uses this information to define plausible climate scenarios for the region and develop and prioritize adaptive management recommendations, with special focus on living shoreline projects, through a working group of local stakeholders. After evaluating these recommendations, the sanctuary will develop a detailed implementation plan and design pilot living shoreline projects with the goal of proactively sustaining diverse ecosystems through nature-based solutions. This webinar discussed this work and applications for MPAs worldwide. This webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, EcoAdapt, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
Presented by Brian Manwaring and Lauren Nutter from the Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Marine planning is a comprehensive, integrated, and complex process that often seeks to coordinate decisions and activities across numerous ocean stakeholders. As such, it is essential that marine planning processes are designed to engage stakeholders in a manner that meets the needs of planners, process participants, and the stakeholders themselves. This virtual training will present and explore principles and best practices for stakeholder engagement in marine planning. Brian and Lauren will examine the benefits and challenges of engaging stakeholders and the public, and share a range of tools and techniques available to enable positive stakeholder engagement. This training will be interactive, drawing from the experiences of the presenters and the audience members themselves to illustrate best practices and lessons learned.
Presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI. iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics. Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu. This webinar was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
In this interactive panel discussion, three experts on ocean plastics discussed the utility and feasibility of marine debris cleanup, and will take audience questions.
Presented by Priscilla Brooks of the Conservation Law Foundation and Charlie Wahle of the NOAA MPA Center. Recreational uses of MPAs are expanding rapidly in the US and around the globe. While promising many benefits to users and the sites, this trend has also raised concerns about the sustainability of increased use and about the capacity of most MPAs to manage and facilitate these diverse and often novel activities. To that end, the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, working with the NOAA MPA Center, has examined this challenge and has developed a suite of recommendations and best practices for managers to consider in addressing this trend. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
Presented by Corinne Martin of UNEP WCMC. The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardised metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data. Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1). Webinar cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Will Underwood of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The presentation will focus on the need to consider disaster response planning for marine protected areas using the example of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Mississippi. Natural and anthropogenic disasters will be discussed, with emphasis on impacts associated with hurricanes and oil spills. Proper identification and ranking of hazards and risks to personnel, environmental resources, and infrastructure will be covered as well as discussion on how to integrate with the response community and crosswalk concepts of environmental sensitivity to responders. Examples of formal disaster response plans recently developed within the NERR system will be presented and a template for plan preparation will be made available. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.