Webinar Archives

This webinar featured speakers: Lauren Wenzel, Director of the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center; Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme; and Dan Laffoley, IUCN Principal Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation for the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas.

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 Souha EL ASMI, Programme Officer at the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA – UNEP/MAP).

Advancing marine conservation, particularly through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been an important priority agenda in the Mediterranean, particularly for the past two decades. The Barcelona Convention in particular played a convening role and an important umbrella for a multitude of MPA initiatives in the region, with several actors increasing their efforts to support the achievement of the global 2012 MPA target and the subsequent Aichi Target. In this regard, its Contracting Parties have adopted in 2009 a “Regional Working Programme for the Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Sea including the High Sea”, and in 2016 a “Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent network of Well-Managed MPAs to Achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean”.

The webinar will introduce these regional strategies and tools and highlight the efforts made in terms of marine and coastal protected areas establishment and management in the Mediterranean region.

This webinar was presented by Giuseppe di Carlo of WWF.

The webinar will address the current situation of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, including challenges and opportunities. WWF has been supporting a number of Mediterranean MPAs in advancing towards effective management, coherent planning and capacity building for staff. WWF also founded MedPAN, the regional MPA network that today counts 100 members and partners from 18 countries. The webinar will present the complexity of the MPA system in the Mediterranean, highlight success stories and define immediate needs to achieve Aichi Target 11. 

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

This webinar was presented by Jonathan Clough and Marco Propato of Warren Pinnacle Consulting.

Conservation planning and management under accelerated sea level rise can be complicated by the numerous data sets available and the many needs, sometimes conflicting, that policymakers need to accommodate. Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has created a decision-support tool to assist policymakers in planning and prioritizing coastal marsh areas for adaptation and conservation. This tool accounts for environmental and socio-economic factors, protection of developed areas, and projections generated using the Sea-level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) along with their inherent uncertainty. A key feature of the tool is that stakeholders set the values that guide it. Stakeholders define the ranking and values of various wetland ecosystem services (qualitative and quantitative). These values are integrated with SLAMM predictions and applied to the parcels of currently existing and predicted future marsh lands. This presentation will focus on the development and an example application of the tool. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

This webinar was presented by Isabel Ender of Manta Trust and Andy Cornish of WWF.

WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware have collaborated to produce a guide to sustainable shark and ray tourism operations and factsheets that describe three shark and ray tourism sites that utilize MPAs and innovative financing. The webinar will introduce the new guide which is due to be released in late 2016, opportunities to take part in training on the guide, and the factsheets.

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

This webinar was presented by Patrick Crist and Samantha Coccia of NatureServe.

Planning and managing natural resources in coastal regions is highly complex because of the interconnectedness of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine realms; diverse human uses; and climate change. In this presentation, we will explain and demonstrate a toolkit for integrated land-sea planning (ILSP) (also ridge-to-reef planning) comprised of NatureServe Vista, OpenNSPECT, and Marxan. Variations of this ILSP toolkit have been used to address land-based stressors and climate change in other regions of the United States. In this project, the toolkit was used to model land-based stressors; estimate sediment and nutrient loads into the nearshore marine environment; conduct a scenario-based cumulative effects assessment for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity; and guide site-based decision making for conservation and erosion mitigation. Further development of this project will focus on integration of sea level rise, storm surge, and tsunamis to also support coastal resilience planning. Learn more about the toolkit at www.natureserve.org/biodiversity-science/publications/integrated-land-se....

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

This webinar was presented by Ludo Nijsten of WWF, Beth Pike of the Marine Conservation Institute, and Andreas Struck of Navent. Geographic information tools are increasingly important for advocating for and conducting ocean conservation and marine spatial planning. There are many tools available, but applying them effectively can be challenging. For example, many tools require a lot of technical knowledge to apply them. Others only address aspects of an issue which needs to be communicated to the lay public and decision makers. In this webinar, you will learn about several tools – including the MPAtlas.org Campaign Tracker and an AIS/VMS big data analysis of ships to understand fishing patterns - and how to assess the usability of a tool – including how they can be used and what their limitations are. Webinar co-sponsored by the MPA Action Agenda, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

This 1.5-hour hour long webinar provided a background briefing on the negotiations currently underway towards a new treaty to protect the biodiversity of the high seas, the role of MPAs, and the relevance of the UN bottom trawling resolution under review in August 2016. Panelists include Kristina Gjerde of IUCN, Peggy Kalas of the High Seas Alliance, Duncan Currie of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, and others. Webinar co-sponsored by the MPA Action Agenda, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

SituMap is a multi-user, multi-touch mapping application that cultivates participation, collaboration and conversation. SituMap can be installed on a touch screen device like a Microsoft surface tablet (although keyboard and mouse functionality is also supported) and allows for users to quickly (with very minimal training) map out a situation or identify spatially features that are important to them. All the line work that is drawn in SituMap is spatially defined and can be exported (no digitalizing of hardcopy maps) to a desktop GIS environment for future spatial analysis later. Maps can also be sent out to collaborators via a QR code or email. Learn more about SituMap at http://cartofusiontech.com and view a short video about SituMap’s capabilities at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HqvAgJ-6Lg. This webinar was presented by Seneca Holland of Texas A&M University, and Rick Smith of CartoFusion Technologies. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

This webinar was presented by Paulo Maurin, Jason Philibotte, and Bob Richmond. The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.