This webinar was presented by Daniel Whittle of EDF, Billy Causey of NOAA, Pedro Ramos of NPS, and Raimundo Espinoza of TNC.
On Nov 18, 2015, NOAA and the US National Park Service signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to cooperate on the conservation and management of Marine Protected Areas – one of the first bilateral arrangements following the recent renewal of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. This groundbreaking accord follows years of work by EDF and others to bring together marine scientists, resource users and managers in both countries to develop joint conservation strategies for the marine ecosystem of the region. This presentation will highlight Cuba’s spectacular marine environments, the development of the system of MPAs in Cuba, and how the establishment of sister sanctuary programs under the agreement will facilitate greater understanding and protection of the marine resources our two countries share. Learn more at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/nov15/us-and-cuba-to-cooperate-on-sister-sanctuaries.html. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. Hon. Fran Ulmer provided an overview of the rapid changes that are taking place in the Arctic: social, economic, environmental and governmental, and will summarize the Arctic Council history and current agenda. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.
Por Isadora Angarita de BirdLife International. La herramienta para Evaluación de Servicios Ecosistémicos a Escala de Sitio (TESSA por sus siglas en inglés), ofrece una guía práctica paso a paso para las evaluaciones de servicios ecosistémicos a escala de sitio. TESSA particularmente enfatiza en la importancia de comparar los valores estimados de un servicio ecosistémico para estados alternativos de un sitio (por ejemplo, antes y después de conversión por agricultura), para que los tomadores de decisiones puedan evaluar las consecuencias netas de un cambio así, y puedan comprender mejor como las decisiones afectan los servicios ecosistémicos de los cuales depende la gente. La herramienta está dirigida a usuarios no expertos o con experiencia y recursos limitados. De ahí que los métodos hayan sido desarrollados en consulta con expertos y basados en criterios científicos, pero diseñados para ser lo suficientemente simples para ser usado en el campo por quienes lo implementan. TESSA está disponible para descarga en http://tessa.tools y ha sido usado en una variedad de hábitats uy países alrededor del mundo. Webinar copatricinado por NatureServe, MEAM, OpenChannels.org, y the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Chris Costello of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington. The Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond is a new collection of research designed to inform decision makers, including governments and investors, on effective ocean and coastal resource management strategies to maximize economic, conservation and societal benefits. The research demonstrates how governance and management reform can reduce poverty while achieving economic gains, increasing food production, replenishing fish and conserving ocean health for future generations. For example, compared to a “business-as-usual” scenario, sustainable fishing globally could yield 17 million metric tons (23 percent) more wild fish and generate 90 billion USD (315 percent) more profits annually and boost the amount of fish left in the water for conservation by 112 percent. Taken together, the collection of seven studies creates a comprehensive overview of what’s possible to achieve in the ocean economy and emerging best practices on how to get there. Learn more and download reports at www.oceanprosperityroadmap.org.
Small-scale coastal fisheries are central to the health of the ocean, livelihood, poverty alleviation and food security for millions around the world, but today many of them are severely threatened by chronic overfishing. TURF-Reserves are an approach to managing many small-scale fisheries around the world. However, many fishing communities lack access to the resources needed to implement them. EDF staff has worked with Master’s students from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara to create TURFtools, a user-friendly tool for small-scale fishing communities to facilitate TURF-Reserve design. TURFtools incorporates both local fishing knowledge and the best available scientific data to provide communities with information on the economic and biological tradeoffs of different design options.
During this webinar, Sarah Poon of Environmental Defense Fund’s Fishery Solutions Center discussed how TURFtools works and how it allows fishery stakeholders to anticipate tradeoffs in biological and economic performance of different spatial designs to facilitate a more informed decision-making process for TURF-Reserve design. Jenn Macy Humberstone, a recent Bren graduate student, shared her experience traveling to the Philippines to pilot the tool with EDF staff and partners using data from two small-fishing communities.
This webinar was presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Cliff McCreedy of the US National Park Service. The National Park Service is entrusted with managing 86 ocean and Great Lakes parks across 22 states and four territories. With over 11,000 miles of coast and 2.5 million acres of ocean and Great Lakes waters, the parks provide tremendous recreational benefits and biological and cultural values to the nation. The Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. The Park Service Centennial will include events and activities across the ocean and coastal parks as part of the Find Your Park Centennial campaign as well as virtual experiences via social media and the web. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the breadth and extent of coastal resources and issues in the National Park System and the NPS Centennial. Learn more at www.nature.nps.gov/water/oceancoastal. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.
This webinar was presented by Rebecca Love and Nate Herold of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Land use and land cover have significant impacts on ecosystem health—with impervious surface runoff and natural areas that provide flood protection or pollutant filtering being obvious examples. Information on how and where these and other land changes are occurring is essential to understanding the potential impacts from past management practices and choosing the right course of action for the future. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) provides nationally standardized land cover and change information for the coastal United States. Regional monitoring data are updated every five years. Dates goes back to 1996 or earlier in most locations. Higher-resolution data products provide greater detail for some areas. This presentation will provide an overview of these data sets, show where to find them on the Digital Coast, and highlight several tools that make use of them. These tools include the Land Cover Atlas—an online viewer that allows users to analyze change statistics and maps for their county or watershed of interest—and a new “How-to” that walks users through key land cover indicators of water quality. Learn more at http://coast.noaa.gov/dataregistry/search/collection/info/ccapregional. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Healy Hamilton and Xuemei Han of NatureServe. The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard is a web-enabled, interactive dashboard that enables tracking of biodiversity and conservation performance data in a clear, user-friendly format. It can help organizations track progress toward conservation targets, support monitoring and reporting, inform outcome-based policy making for the protection of natural resources, and catalyze necessary investments in information infrastructure. The dashboard enables users to track key indicators of biodiversity and conservation performance data. Example indicators include deforestation rate (for pressure on biodiversity), the IUCN Red List Index (for state of species), Key Biodiversity Areas (for conservation response), and freshwater provision (for benefits to human populations). It was set up to analyze three regions: the tropical Andes, the Great Lakes of Africa, and the Mekong River Valley, with potential to expand to any other geographic regions. This webinar will give an overview of the dashboard and its current and other possible uses. Learn more about the dashboard at www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/projects/biodiversity-indicators-dashboard. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org and the EBM Tools Network.