This webinar explored how NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Digital Ocean Collaborative on Marine Debris, and other partners are planning for the potential arrival of Japanese tsunami marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in early 2012.
Presentation on the "Decision Guide: Selecting Decision Support Tools for Marine Spatial Planning" by Melissa Foley and Erin Prahler of the Center for Ocean Solutions, courtesy of the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Patrick Crist and Ian Varley.
Regional and local agencies in charge of policy-making and land use planning are in great need of increased technical capacity for conducting the kind of analyses and planning necessary to address coastal conservation challenges. This project provided scientific and technical assistance to increase such capacity within participating state, regional, and local government entities and enable them to develop and establish concrete and scientifically defensible plans of action for conserving Georgia’s coastal ecosystems and species.
NatureServe worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to apply the NatureServe Vista decision support tool within a broader toolkit that included Maxent for species distribution modeling, Circuitscape for modeling habitat connectivity, and Marxan for generating optimal conservation priority networks. Vista was used to develop the following summaries and assessments:
- integrate all of the map and expert knowledge information on conservation elements (an extensive list of ecosystems, priority biological communities, and individual species)
- characterize a current scenario, and a future scenario with expected future development, and a projection of sea level rise
- assess the impacts of each scenario
- interoperate with Marxan to generate a conservation priority network for the region
- downscale the regional project to two county-level projects
- integrate more detailed county land use data and evaluate the scenarios at the county level
The West Coast EBM Network is a partnership of community-based initiatives on the U.S. West Coast focused on proactive management of local coastal ecosystems. In this webinar, the network coordinator and representatives from initiatives in the Network discussed members’ efforts at real-world implementation of EBM and highlight common real-world steps for achieving EBM in local settings with a range of coastal issues and management priorities.
MPA News and the EBM Tools Network co-hosted a live global webinar to explore new strategies and technologies for identifying significant areas in the open ocean and deep sea.
MPA News and the EBM Tools Network co-hosted a live Web-based seminar to explore marine spatial planning.
MPA News and the EBM Tools Network co-hosted a live Web-based seminar ("webinar") on 19 October 2009 to explore lessons learned from MPA networking programs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (U.S.) and in rocky reef MPAs in the Mediterranean.