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.
This webinar was presented by James Hardcastle of IUCN and Sue Wells of WCPA-Marine. The IUCN Green List is a new and progressive initiative that encourages and celebrates the success of protected areas, both terrestrial and marine, that reach excellent standards of management. Protected areas that are well-managed fulfill their promise of conserving biodiversity and essential ecosystem services that benefit everyone and sustain life on earth. For protected area managers or agencies, the IUCN Green List will provide direct and indirect benefits from listing including: 1) International recognition for the listed areas and their management authorities for the high quality of management; 2) Political and financial support for areas that achieve listing, or to address issues that will facilitate listing of new areas; 3) Motivation of protected area managers and their agencies to meet and maintain high standards of management; 4) Opportunities for listed areas and their agencies to receive financial and project support; 5) Recognition by the tourism industry and visitors that the area will offer a quality visitor experience; 6) Acknowledgement by communities and stakeholders that the area addresses issues of involvement and benefit sharing; and 7) Further motivation to establish routine methods for measuring management effectiveness. This webinar discussed the origins and implementation of the IUCN Green List including standards that protected areas must meet to be listed and how marine and coastal sites are engaging in the process. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
This webinar was presented by Ian Miller of Washington Sea Grant. Washington Sea Grant has partnered with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and Adaptation International to develop local sea level rise projections and sea level scenario maps for the Jamestown S'Klallam community. The assessments are being used to identify tribal areas or resources that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and priority adaptation actions and are already being integrated into long-term community planning. This webinar presented a process for developing community-based sea level rise projections and facilitating their use. Learn more about the project at www.jamestowntribe.org/programs/nrs/nrs_climchg.htm. This webinar was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Todd Hallenbeck of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health. The West Coast Ocean Data Portal, launched in January 2014, connects people to ocean and coastal data to better inform regional ocean management, planning, and policy development along the US West Coast. The Portal recently launched new tools to help marine debris practitioners better plan for cleanups, understand impacts of debris along the coast, and advocate for better policies. Using the portal, practitioners can discover and analyze a comprehensive database of marine debris cleanup observations to visualize spatial patterns and trends. Understanding, tracking, and visualizing marine debris sources, sinks, and transport will help resource management agencies and NGOs work to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris and derelict fishing gear along the US West Coast. Access the portal at portal.westcoastoceans.org. This webinar was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
This webinar was presented by Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University. By 2100, ocean waters are expected to be substantially warmer than they are today, with profound effects on fisheries. One of the most commonly observed impacts of climate change is through shifts in species distributions, and recent evidence suggests that marine fish and invertebrates closely follow climate velocity (the rate and direction that isotherms move across the seascape). Despite broad recognition of impacts, however, incorporating climate considerations into fisheries management has been challenging. Here, we describe a new web-based tool that will help managers, scientists, fishermen, and the public track shifts in the distribution of the nation’s marine fish and other animals with changing ocean conditions. The OceanAdapt website is the result of a partnership between NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University that annually aggregates marine biological survey data from around North America. The effort is part of the growing trend towards open science and can help in the preparation of climate vulnerability analyses or in the prioritization of species for more focused adaptation efforts. Learn more about OceanAdapt at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2014/12/oceanadapt_trackingfish.html. This webinar was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.