[Coral-List] Upcoming marine conservation/management webinars

meam at sdcarr.com meam at sdcarr.com
Thu May 4 13:49:11 EDT 2017

   Dear Coral List,

   The EBM Tools Network, [1]OpenChannels.org, and the NOAA National MPA Center
   are hosting a number of upcoming webinars that would be of interest to the
   coral  community,  including  one next week on the new He'eia National
   Estuarine Research Reserve in Hawaii and one in July on the Green Fins
   partnership for reducing the impacts of diving and tourism. Please see the
   list below with dates, descriptions, and registration links and forward to
   any colleagues who might be interested. We have plenty of space.

   Thursday May 11, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve by Matthew Chasse of
   NOAA. The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the
   29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in
   Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands,
   wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of
   water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant
   historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading
   to the designation, and the reserveâs partnerships and management goals,
   including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with
   contemporary   approaches.   Learn  more  about  the  new  reserve  at
   by  the  NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network
   (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [3]OpenChannels.org). Register for the
   webinar at [4]https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5350663766126568451.

   Wednesday, May 17, 2 pm US EDT/11 am US PDT/6 pm UTC

   Ecological Marine Units: A 3-D Mapping of the Ocean Based on NOAAâs World
   Ocean Atlas (Tools Included) by Dawn Wright of Esri. This webinar reports
   progress on the Ecological Marine Units (EMU) project, a new undertaking
   commissioned by the Group on Earth Observations, to develop a standardized
   and practical global ecosystems classification and map for the oceans. The
   EMU is comprised of a global point mesh framework, created from 52,487,233
   points from the NOAA World Ocean Atlas. Each point has x, y, z, as well as
   six  attributes  of  chemical  and  physical  oceanographic  structure
   (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, silicate, phosphate) that
   are likely drivers of many ecosystem responses. We identify and map 37
   environmentally distinct 3D regions (candidate âecosystemsâ) within the
   water column. These units can be attributed according to their productivity,
   direction and velocity of currents, species abundance, global seafloor
   geomorphology, and more. A series of data products for open access will
   share the 3D point mesh and EMU clusters at the surface, bottom, and within
   the water column, as well as 2D and 3D web apps for exploration of the EMUs
   and  the original World Ocean Atlas data. This webinar will provide an
   overview of the EMU project and cover recent developments and future plans
   for the EMUs. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated
   by NatureServe and [5]OpenChannels.org) and MEAM. Register for the webinar
   at [6]https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386251543011526915.

   Tuesday, June 6, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   Using US Whistleblower Laws to Fight Illegal Fishing and Marine Pollution
   and  Fund  MPAs  by  Stephen  Kohn, Executive Director of the National
   Whistleblower  Center.  Rewards for whistleblowers â people who inform
   authorities when a law has been broken â have been extremely successful when
   effectively implemented.  Whistleblower rewards incentivize insiders to
   report information, and support law enforcementâs ability to detect crime
   that they might not otherwise uncover.

   There have been over 70 whistleblower cases dealing with marine pollution
   under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) in recent years â
   generally involving situation in which ships have illegally dumped oil
   somewhere in the world in violation of the MARPOL Protocol. Some of these
   cases  have  resulted  in  rewards  of  more than US $1 million to the
   whistleblowers under APPSâs whistleblower reward provisionâwhich allows
   informants to receive up to 50% of the collected proceeds from a successful
   prosecution. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is now working to
   utilize whistleblower provisions in other laws aimed at protecting marine
   wildlife,  such as the Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act, and Illegal,
   Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act, to combat the catch,
   sale, and transport of protected species and fishing conducted in no-fishing
   areas.  These  laws contain underutilized reward provisions with great
   potential for improving detection and enforcementâbut for the past 30 years
   they have not been implemented. The NWC launched the [7]Global Wildlife
   Whistleblower Program to raise awareness of whistleblower reward provisions
   and provide assistance â including a safe, worldwide reporting system â to
   wildlife  whistleblowers.  This  webinar  will  provide an overview of
   whistleblower reward laws relevant to marine practitioners, as well as
   resources to help wildlife and marine pollution whistleblowers. Learn more
   about how [8]US whistleblowing laws could open up new financing streams for
   MPAs worldwide. Learn more about the [9]National Whistleblower Center.
   Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe
   and  [10]OpenChannels.org)  and  MEAM.  Register  for  the  webinar at

   Thursday, June 8, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   A Coastal Conservation Leadership Program in Washington State by Casey
   Dennehy of the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Leadership Academy is a
   unique  program on the Washington State coast that has been offered to
   coastal conservation leaders the last two years. The program follows the
   principles of networked leadership, collaboration, and Marshall Ganz's
   public  narrative framework and concludes with a self-identified group
   project. Learn more about the Academy at

   Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM
   Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [13]OpenChannels.org).
   Register for the webinar at

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

   Green Fins: A tool for reducing the direct impacts of diving and tourism
   industries by Chloe Harvey of The Reef-World Foundation. Join Chloe Harvey
   of  Reef-World to learn about Green Fins, a public-private partnership
   developed by UNEP and The Reef-World Foundation to lead to a measurable
   reduction in negative environmental impacts associated with SCUBA diving and
   snorkeling.  This  webinar  will provide information on the Green Fins
   approach, share successes, and discuss lessons learned. The presentation
   will highlight newly released tools and resources available to support
   managers who are interested in reducing the impacts of marine tourism and
   applying the Green Fins approach in their areas. Webinar co-sponsored by the
   NOAA  National  MPA  Center,  MPA  News,  and  the  EBM  Tools Network
   (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [15]OpenChannels.org). Register for the
   webinar at [16]https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/912037580904846081.

   Tuesday, July 25, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   Bringing  finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private
   Investment in Conservation 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 coalitionâs initial
   focus areas are coastal resilience, green infrastructure for watershed
   management,  and sustainable coastal fisheries. The group is currently
   working on developing investment âblueprintsâ 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. CPICâs 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

   vate-investment-conservation-investors-looking-projects-what. Learn more
   about CPIC at [18]http://cpicfinance.com. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM
   Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and [19]OpenChannels.org) and
   MEAM. Register for the webinar at

   Tuesday, August 15, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An
   Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers 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 âecosystem servicesâ 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[21]http://biodivcanada.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=B443A05E-1. Webinar
   co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and
   [22]OpenChannels.org)   and   MEAM.   Register   for  the  webinar  at

   Thursday, September 14, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

   Satellite tracking sharks and fishing vessels to assess a remote MPA 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  [24]OpenChannels.org).  Register  for the webinar at

   Best wishes for your work,

   Sarah Carr

   Network Coordinator

   Coastal-Marine EBM Tools Network

   Co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels




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