Webinar Archives

This webinar was presented by Carrie Kappel (NCEAS), Jack Kittinger (Conservation International), and Jameal Samhouri (NOAA). Ashley Erickson (Center for Ocean Solutions) will be moderating this webinar.

Crossing an ecosystem tipping point creates dramatic change. From collapsed fisheries and coastal dead zones, to melting sea ice and dying coral reefs, the consequences are often devastating to both the environment and the people who depend on it. For managers of marine ecosystems, it is critical to identify, understand, and predict ocean tipping points because they change the ecological rules of the game. This webinar will share results of the Ocean Tipping Points project, highlighting the tools and resources developed by project collaborators to help managers use tipping points science to make more effective decisions in the face of ocean change (http://oceantippingpoints.org/portal/otp). Panelists will explore the next frontiers for the science and management of ocean tipping points and engage the audience in discussion.

Webinar co-sponsored by the Ocean Tipping Points research collaborative and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

This webinar was presented by Martin Charter, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design of the University for the Creative Arts.

Circular economies aim to minimize resource inputs, emissions, and energy leakage by designing long-lasting products; maintaining, repairing, and reusing them; and recycling them at the end of their useful life. This is in contrast to traditional linear economies utilizing 'take, make, dispose' models of production. The talk will provide guidance on how organizations can implement circular economy principles related to products, processes, and business models. It will also introduce the Circular Ocean project which pursues innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste arising from waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs). Issues related to waste FNRs, existing products that utilize FNRs, and potential new business models for waste FNRs will be presented. Read more about the Circular Ocean project at http://www.circularocean.eu.

This webinar was presented by Anne Warner, Innovation Program Manager, and Daniella Russo, CEO and Founder, Think Beyond Plastic.

Think Beyond Plastic is an innovation accelerator advancing the transition toward bio-based, bio-benign alternatives to conventional plastics. Since 2012, the organization has run an annual innovation challenge for new materials, consumer and business products and cloud-based services all reducing plastic pollution, and an affiliated incubator for 10-20 selected startups each year. This year’s Innovation Challenge, the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge whose deadline for entries is 6 October 2017, is co-managed by UN Environment.

This webinar was presented by Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez, Caio Faro, Melaina Wright, and Jael Martínez of UCSB.

The benefits of no-take marine reserves - where all extractive activities are off-limits - are well known. While previous works provide a set of indicators to evaluate the performance of marine protected areas, they do not provide guidelines to analyze them nor a user-friendly tool to conduct the evaluation. Over the last year, students from The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara collaborated with the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad to provide managers and fishers with tools to evaluate marine reserves taking into account biophysical, socioeconomic, and governance dimensions. An open-source web application called MAREA (Marine Reserve Evaluation App), which automates the evaluation and produces a color-coded scorecard and a technical report was developed from this collaboration. This webinar will cover our general approach for identifying the objectives of a reserve and matching them with proper indicators, describe the analysis that can be performed, and do a demonstration of MAREA.

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

This webinar was presented by Tim White of Stanford University.

Large marine protected areas (MPAs) have recently been established throughout the world at an unprecedented pace, yet the value of these reserves for mobile species conservation remains uncertain. This webinar will describe how recent advances in satellite technology and big data analytics have improved our ability to observe and understand the benefits of large MPAs. As a primary case study, the webinar will outline recent efforts to track fishing vessels and reef sharks within the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a U.S.-administered protected area in the central Pacific Ocean.

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

This webinar was presented by Kathy Goodin of NatureServe.

Resource managers must monitor ecologically appropriate indicators to effectively evaluate the performance of their activities and to guide adaptive management. To support indicator monitoring efforts, we developed a set of ecological condition and ecosystem service indicators for five ecosystems in the Gulf using an ecological resilience framework. With input from ecosystem experts, we created conceptual ecological models that identify the drivers, stressors, major ecological factors and their key ecological attributes. Using the models as a guide, we identified indicators, metrics and assessment points that will allow monitoring programs to better gauge ecological condition and ecosystem service provision. This work can be used directly by resource managers and restoration practitioners to guide and evaluate the performance of their efforts.

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

Data needs, data availability, data sharing, data management… these are always hot topics when countries or institutions embark on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). But how much do data influence MSP processes and is a lack of data a constraint for successful MSP?

The webinar will provide practical experiences from Australia and Israel on how data issues have been solved for planning and management efforts at sea. We will discuss the following key points: 

  • What kind of data is needed to start and conduct a MSP process?
  • How much do scope and objectives of a MSP process influence the need for data? And how much do data influence MSP processes?
  • What are the benefits and limitations of decision support tools? 

This webinar was presented by Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This new toolkit contains key tools and resources for planning and undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and the analyses that contribute to such an assessment. It provides practical step-by-step advice on determining if an “ecosystem services” approach is needed in a given situation; completing a robust ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean and what they do not mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes. The Ecosystem Services Toolkit is freely available for download at http://biodivcanada.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=B443A05E-1.

Presenters:

  • Audun Lem (FAO) – Keynote
  • Hoyt Peckham (SmartFish) and Ben Scheelk (The Ocean Foundation) – Reduce Overfishing and Improving Livelihood of Artisanal Fishers - SmartFish (Mexico)
  • Camila Zambrano Esguerra (Fondo Acción) – EcoGourmet: Bringing sustainable fish to your plate (Colombia)

The webinar will provide an overview on fisheries certification, discuss its applicability for small-scale fisheries in developing country contexts, and analyze alternative approaches that may provide similar benefits and promote the sustainability of fisheries. We will discuss the following key points:

  • Benefits and deficits of certification schemes to promote ecological, economic and social sustainability of fisheries.
  • Present solution examples at different scales.
  • Discuss suitable options where different certification schemes can be successfully applied, e.g. artisanal-industrial fisheries, local-international fleets/markets, development-industrialized country contexts.

This webinar was presented by John Tobin-de la Puente of Cornell University.

The Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) was launched in September 2016 to develop new investment models and funding pipelines for conservation and sustainable development. Three of the coalition’s initial focus areas are watershed management, green infrastructure for coastal resilience, and sustainable coastal fisheries. The group is currently working on developing investment “blueprints” for these areas, i.e., models for investable deals can that produce both environmental and financial returns. Once these blueprints are ready, the coalition will serve as a hub to connect investable conservation projects with financial organizations that are able to structure deals around those projects. CPIC’s founding partners include Credit Suisse, The Nature Conservancy, IUCN, and Cornell University. Read a 2017 MPA News interview with John Tobin-de la Puente at https://mpanews.openchannels.org/news/mpa-news/400-billion-potential-private-investment-conservation-investors-looking-projects-what. Learn more about CPIC at http://cpicfinance.com.

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

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