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.
This webinar was presented by Claire Fackler of NOAA. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a system of fourteen marine protected areas, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes. The National Marine Sanctuary System's education and outreach programs inspire ocean and climate literacy and stewardship of the national marine sanctuaries through engaging hands-on, STEM field programs, teacher workshops, student activities, social media, and free online resources. Learn about the impacts of these unique programs through formative and summative evaluations and how you too can inspire ocean and climate literacy, as well as conservation and stewardship through your own marine protected area. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.
This webinar will be presented by Rob Brumbaugh of The Nature Conservancy. Mapping Ocean Wealth is a new initiative to deliver scientifically rigorous information about ocean benefits in a way that helps decision-makers make choices about investments and tailor management decisions that affect the ocean. The project will inform stakeholders– private industry, public management officials and leaders, and conservationists – about WHERE and HOW ocean benefits are produced using maps and data that enable evidence-based decisions and tradeoff analyses. It is a collaborative project open to partners both within and beyond the conservation sector who are committed to sharing data, results and best practices. The project considers the ocean’s many contributions to the physical and economic wellbeing of people around the globe — in terms of jobs, food security, storm buffering, tourism benefits, etc. as well as in dollars. In this webinar, we will highlight some of the progress to date on mapping benefits, creating policy-relevant information, and making this information readily accessible through our online data portal at http://oceanwealth.org. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Lauren Long and David Betenbaugh of NOAA. A major challenge for coastal communities is planning for the impacts of current and future flood hazards. This webinar will highlight two resources that NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has developed to facilitate resilience planning in coastal communities. The first step in planning for flood impacts is to understand a community’s exposure to coastal flood hazards. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper helps communities get the conversation started about flood hazard risks and vulnerabilities by providing maps and information showing where people, places, and natural resources are at risk from flooding. The mapper displays shallow coastal flooding, flood zones, storm surge, sea level rise, and a composite view of flood hazards, along with societal, infrastructure, and ecosystem information. The next step in planning is to identify and prioritize strategies that address climate and hazard risks. Coastal green infrastructure is an emerging approach that communities are using to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards. With limited budgets for projects like green infrastructure, communities must prioritize natural areas that give the most benefits. The Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide is an interactive online resource to help spatial analysts who are tasked with using GIS to prioritize green infrastructure to reduce hazard impacts and aid in climate adaptation. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Helen Fox of RARE and David Gill of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are increasingly being employed as a tool to promote biodiversity conservation and maintain ecosystem goods and services. Their impacts vary significantly, however. This webinar will present a project that brings together interdisciplinary experts and datasets to examine the linkages between MPA governance and ecological outcomes at a global scale. Learn more about the project at www.sesync.org/mpa-performance. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
This webinar was presented by Jean-Luc Solandt (Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer, Marine Conservation Society) and Catherine Weller (Lawyer, ClientEarth). Over 100 European Marine Sites (EMS) have been designated in the UK under EU laws since 1994. Yet historically there has been no effective system in place to manage destructive fishing practices in these sites. This webinar will describe how the Marine Conservation Society (MCS, www.mcsuk.org) and ClientEarth (www.clientearth.org) have collaborated for seven years on a national campaign to protect EMS from destructive fishing, and how UK authorities and regulators have responded. That response includes several promising new initiatives to deliver improved protection for EMS, developed with fishing communities. Jean-Luc and Catherine suggest that the UK experience is adaptable to other EU member states that also face destructive fishing in their own EMS. This webinar is co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network and MPA News.
This webinar was presented by Karly McIlwain, Engagement Manager; and Erik Lindebo PhD, Senior Consultant for Environmental Defense Fund EU Ocean Program. In March, Environmental Defense Fund released the first ever user-friendly guide to help EU fishermen, fishery managers and Member State regulators find ways to successfully implement the landing obligation. In this Webinar, two of the Discard Reduction Manual’s key developers will discuss the management tools presented in the document and how they can best be practically applied on the water, drawing on success stories such as the UK North Sea and English Channel Discard Pilot Projects, which across the fleets reduced discarding to a rate of 0-6%.The webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Martha Honey, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Coastal resort and cruise tourism are the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry, and uncontrolled, large scale tourism development is causing an array of environmental damage to beaches, coastal waters, and some MPAs. In addition, coastal & marine tourism is both a contributor to and victim of climate change. This presentation examines some of these problems, as well as efforts by industry innovators to construct and operate coastal and marine tourism in ways that minimize environmental impacts and mitigate and adapt to climate change. This webinar was cosponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
This webinar was presented by the IMBER Human Dimensions Working Group. Global change is occurring now, often with consequences far beyond those anticipated. Although there is a wide range of assessment approaches available to address specific aspects of global change, there is currently no framework to identify what governance responses have worked and where, what has facilitated change and what preventative options are possible. To respond to this need, we developed IMBER-ADApT, an integrated assessment framework that builds on knowledge learned from past experience of responses to global change in marine systems, to enable decision-makers, researchers, managers and local stakeholders to: (i) make decisions efficiently; (ii) triage and improve their responses; and (iii) evaluate where to most effectively allocate resources to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience of coastal people. IMBER-ADApT is intended to enable and enhance decision-making through the development, a typology of case-studies providing lessons on how the natural, social and governance systems respond to the challenges of global change. Fisheries, which suffer from multiple pressures, are the current focus of the proposed framework, but it could be applied to a wide range of global change issues. Learn more about IMBER-ADApT at www.imber.info/index.php/Science/Working-Groups/Human-Dimensions/IMBER-ADApT. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.