[Coral-List] Upcoming marine conservation webinars

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Thu Jan 12 12:08:12 EST 2017

   Dear Coral List,

   The  EBM  Tools Network/[1]OpenChannels.org have a fantastic lineup of
   webinars relevant to coral reef management, including three webinars on
   innovative/sustainable finance mechanisms for marine conservation, coming up
   in  the  next  few  months.  Descriptions  are  below. You can sign up
   notifications   of  additional  webinars  (about  1  email  per  week)
   at [2]https://list.openchannels.org/mailman/listinfo/ebmtools.

   Upcoming webinars:

   Wednesday, January 18, 10 am US EST/7 am US PST/3 pm UTC

   Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter by Nicola Beaumont of Plymouth
   Marine Laboratory, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of the
   Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. Blue Solutions
   provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform to
   collate,  share,  and  generate solutions for effective management and
   equitable governance of our planetâs marine and coastal living spaces, and
   to develop capacity for the ocean community on the initiativeâs priority
   topics. For this webinar, presenters will showcase how marine ecosystem
   service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development
   decision  making.  Two  Blue  Solutions case studies will be featured:
   [3]âNatureâs contribution to the economyâ in Bonaire and [4]âMapping and
   valuing ecosystem services for integrated managementâ in Belize. The webinar
   will last 75 minutes with extensive time for question and answer with the
   presenters. About the webinar series: Blue Solutions hosts the marine and
   coastal portal of the PANORAMA platform â Solutions for a Healthy Planet.
   This is the first of five PANORAMA webinars that will be hosted by Blue
   Solutions.    Visit   us   at   [5]http://www.bluesolutions.info   and
   [6]www.panorama.solutions. This webinar is also co-sponsored by MPA News,
   MEAM, OpenChannels, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe
   and    [7]OpenChannels.org).    Register    for    the    webinar   at

   Wednesday, January 25, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

   Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative by Rodolphe
   Devillers and David Bishop of Memorial University of Newfoundland. The
   Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a web portal that is
   used to integrate, summarize, and communicate information on small-scale
   fisheries (SSF) globally. Based on a crowdsourcing approach, the data are
   all freely accessible, helping the global SSF community to better qualify
   and  quantify  SSF  and  their importance. The system provides diverse
   information, including people and organizations involved in this field,
   publications, and detailed profiles of SSF at specific locations. The system
   allows users to access data as a map or a table, generate reports, and
   export  data  for  further analyses. ISSF was developed as part of the
   international  project  "Too  Big  to  Ignoreâ.  Access  the portal at
   [9]https://dory.creait.mun.ca. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network
   (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [10]OpenChannels.org) and MEAM. Register
   for the webinar at

   Thursday, February 9, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

   Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine
   Protected Areas by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay
   and  Martha  Honey  of the Center for Responsible Travel. MPAs require
   sustainable long-term funding for designation and management â including for
   education,  outreach,  monitoring,  research,  policy development, and
   enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine
   Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a
   wide-range  of  approaches  for  obtaining external funding, important
   guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing. Webinar
   co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools
   Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [12]OpenChannels.org). Register
   for the webinar at

   Wednesday, February 15, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

   Debt Conversions to Finance Action on the Blue Economy for Small Island
   Developing States by Robert Weary of The Nature Conservancy. Small Island
   Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to climate change. However,
   extremely high public debt ratios make it difficult for these countries to
   invest  in  modifying  infrastructure  and improving coastal and flood
   protection.  The  goal  of  our  work is twofold: 1) to facilitate the
   transaction of donations and investments for climate change adaptation as
   well as biodiversity conservation in the marine realm and 2) provide highly
   indebted countries with an innovative financial tool to restructure their
   debt  and  allow  for  debt relief as well as secure capital flows for
   investments into climate change adaption activities. Protecting the âblue
   economyâ of island states will ultimately reduce vulnerability of both
   marine  ecosystems and the economy as a whole (e.g., through sustained
   fishing  grounds  and  tourism).  And  debt conversions allow national
   governments to free capital streams and direct them into climate adaptation
   and marine conservation activities that ultimately will restore natural and
   human resilience to threats of climate change. Join us on this webinar to
   learn more about relevant debt conversions including how they are financed,
   managed, utilized, and retired. Learn more about a relevant swap for the
   Seychelles at
   ctor-ocean-planning-and-management. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools
   Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [15]OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.
   Register for the webinar at

   Wednesday, February 22, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

   Impact Investing to Fund Marine Conservation by Kelly Wachowicz of Catch
   Invest. There has been a lot of talk about impact investing as a source of
   funding for marine conservation priorities. What is impact investing? How
   does it work, and what can managers do to attract impact investors to fund
   their projects? Join us for a webinar with Kelly Wachowicz, Managing Partner
   of  Catch  Invest,  an  impact  investing  firm  supporting fishermen,
   conservation, and communities. Kelly will talk about investing to support
   sustainable fisheries and fisheries transitions and share several case
   studies that highlight some of the opportunities and challenges with this
   emerging  funding  tool.  Learn more about impact investing for marine
   ecosystems and communities at
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   profitability-go-hand-hand-two-entrepreneurs-give-examples.    Webinar
   co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and
   [19]OpenChannels.org)   and   MEAM.   Register   for  the  webinar  at

   Thursday, March 9, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

   Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and
   application of marine protected areas by Mark Carr of the University of
   California, Santa Cruz. The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory
   Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding
   how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate
   change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective
   MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific
   understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their
   ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological
   linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and
   3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will
   summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological
   connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean.
   This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries
   of  Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.
   Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM
   Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [21]OpenChannels.org).
   Register for the webinar at


   Thursday, April 13, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs by Carlie
   Herring of NOAA. Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine
   Debris Program! Learn about what microplastics are, the different types, the
   impacts associated with microplastic marine debris, and future research
   needs. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and
   the   EBM   Tools   Network   (co-coordinated   by   NatureServe   and
   [23]OpenChannels.org).     Register     for     the     webinar     at

   Thank you for your attention,

   Sarah D. Carr

   Coordinator,  EBM  Toos  Network  (co-coordinated  by  NatureServe and

   Editor, [26]Marine Ecosystems and Management

   E-mail: [27]ebmtools at natureserve.org; [28]meam at sdcarr.com
   Phone: 202-302-3059
   Skype: sdcarr


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  28. mailto:meam at sdcarr.com

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