Upcoming Events

Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, June 14, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform.

Presenter: Miles Macmillan-Lawler of GRID-Arendal.

As we move towards the 2020 deadline for countries to fulfil their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11, now is a good time to take stock and ask the question – are we protecting the right 10% of marine area in our MPAs? Not only does Aichi Target 11 talk about conserving 10% of coastal and marine areas, it specifies the effective conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and ecologically representativeness as key goals. So how do we know if we are achieving this? This webinar will outline a framework for assessing the progress of MPAs in achieving these goals and present the Protected Areas Impact Maps Virtual Research Environment on the BlueBRIDGE platform (https://bluebridge.d4science.org/web/protectedareaimpactmaps), an open access application which uses this framework to assist countries in assessing their progress against Aichi Target 11 and ensuring that they get the right 10%.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Introducción a la Academia Virtual de Pesquerías de EDF: empoderando una red global de héroes en gestión de pesquerías

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 11 am US EDT/ 8 am US PDT/ 3 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, June 28, 11 am US EDT/ 8 am US PDT/ 3 pm UTC for a Spanish Language Webinar: Introduction to EDF’s Virtual Fisheries Academy: Empowering a global network of fishery heroes by Pam Ruiter & Miguel Gomez of EDF  

La sobrepesca es un problema global que sólo puede ser superado si se aborda de manera global. Si queremos ver una mejora de nuestros océanos, todas las personas del mundo necesitan del conocimiento, las habilidades y la motivación para diagnosticar los retos y así poder diseñar soluciones eficaces. La Academia Virtual de Pesquerías (https://www.edf.org/Lds) es un recurso abierto y gratis para todos los actores interesados en la gestión de la pesca en todo el mundo, que proporciona cursos interactivos guiados por el propio usuario sobre asuntos relevantes de gestión pesquera. Con éstas herramientas; gestores pesqueros, pescadores, investigadores y otros actores pueden adquirir las habilidades que necesitan para diseñar las mejores soluciones para sus pesquerías. Esta presentación cubrirá explicaciones sobre los recursos que se ofrecen y dará detalles de cómo estas nuevas herramientas están siendo utilizadas para procurar que haya más peces en el agua, una mayor disponibilidad de alimento para las personas y que las comunidades costeras sean más prósperas en todo el mundo. Seminario web organizado por la EBM Tools Network (coordinado conjuntamente por OCTO y NatureServe). 

Overfishing is a global problem that can only be overcome by a global effort to address it. To see a better future for our oceans, people around the world need the knowledge, skills and motivation to diagnose challenges and design effective solutions. EDF’s new Virtual Fisheries Academy (https://www.edf.org/Lde) is a free and open resource for fisheries practitioners all over the world that provides user-driven, interactive courses on key fisheries topics and is available in English and Spanish. With these tools, fishery managers, fishermen, scientists and other practitioners can gain the skills they need to design solutions that work best for their fisheries. This presentation will cover current offerings and discuss how this new tool is already being used to support more fish in the water, more food on people’s plates’ and more prosperous communities around the world. To see a recording of our previous English-language webinar on the Virtual fisheries Academy, please clickhttps://www.openchannels.org/webinars/2018/introduction-edfs-virtual-fisheries-academy-empowering-global-network-fishery-heroes. Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas: How innovative partnerships are helping developing countries address lost and abandoned fishing gear

Event Date: 
Tuesday September 18th, 1pm PST, 4pm EST / Wednesday September 19th, 6am AEST

Join us Tuesday September 18th, 1pm PST, 4pm EST / Wednesday September 19th, 6am AEST for a webinar on Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas: How innovative partnerships are helping developing countries address lost and abandoned fishing gear. 

Presenters: Ingrid Giskes and Joel Baziuk of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Nick Mallos from Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas® Program.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is a cross-sectoral alliance working to tackle the problem of ghost fishing gear worldwide by building evidence, catalyzing sustainable solutions, and promoting best practice. In this webinar, we will discuss new ground-breaking partnerships that we are fostering to scale-up efforts. We will also highlight some new innovative solution projects that we have rolled out in developing countries, including in Indonesia, Myanmar, and the wider South Pacific region. Finally, we will touch on the external opportunities that we see to further leverage the issue of ghost gear. This webinar complements our previous webinar Ghost Fishing Gear: The Global Problem and the Global Solution held on April 10, 2018. That webinar can be viewed at https://www.openchannels.org/webinars/2018/ghost-fishing-gear-global-problem-and-global-solution.

Webinar cosponsored by MarineDebris. Info and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO). 

Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 2 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Join us Tuesday, October 2, 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships. 

The chemistry of the ocean is changing. Carbon dioxide released through emissions and deforestation is absorbed and dissolved into the ocean. The regional Coastal Acidification Networks of the US Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (NECAN and MACAN) are consortiums of scientists, marine industry, and resource managers with a central goal of sharing information to better understand the impacts of acidification to appropriately manage and adapt to these conditions. Coordinators for NECAN and MACAN will discuss how these regional efforts work towards identifying and pursuing opportunities to understand coastal and ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, building upon the skills and interests of individual members and providing a forum to share best practices in monitoring, sampling collection, and researching effects to collectively meet the challenges of our changing coastal and ocean waters.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Leverage a Global Volunteer Network and Access the Data Needed to Solve Environmental Challenges

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Join us Tuesday, October 23, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Leverage a Global Volunteer Network and Access the Data Needed to Solve Environmental Challenges.

Presenter: Marcus Pearson and Aisling Force of Adventure Scientists. 

Collecting data can require time, funding, and skills that are unavailable. Efforts to address today’s most pressing issues – from deforestation to antibiotic resistance – often become hamstrung by a lack of access to reliable large-scale data from necessary environments. As a result, Adventure Scientists (www.adventurescientists.org) has built a global network of volunteers from the outdoor community and a platform that enables them to collect otherwise inaccessible data. These data support partners from agencies, nonprofits, and universities in filling crucial data gaps and informing science-based decision-making. This webinar will explore the possibilities that emerge when you engage a worldwide network of highly-skilled adventure-oriented volunteers. This passionate and committed community collects research-grade data at scales, geographies, and within timelines that to date have been unattainable. Our efforts have ranged from discovering the highest-elevation plants (21,260 feet) to collecting water samples from 567 feet below the ocean’s surface. Volunteers can gather physical specimens (e.g., water, soil), conduct wildlife observations, deploy technology (e.g., camera traps), and ground-truth remote-sensing and drone imagery anywhere, at any scale. What could you accomplish with this volunteer network at your service?

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).