Tackling Climate Change Impacts in North America's MPAs

CECTalks: Marine Protected Areas in a Changing Climate

The following webcast CECTalks: Marine Protected Areas in a Changing Climate was broadcast on Monday, January 28, 2013. Thanks to all who joined us live.

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation invites all who care about the future health of our oceans to join us for a free one-hour interactive webcast hosted by Washington Post national environment reporter Juliet Eilperin and featured guest Maria Brown, superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

The effects of climate change like rising water temperatures and decreasing ocean pH levels are resulting in decreased food distribution and availability for fish and marine mammals. Together, North America’s marine protected areas form critical ecological linkages and pathways that can be managed to help protect marine species from these deleterious effects.

This webcast discussion is a chance to find out how marine protected areas are being managed to deal with a changing climate, including by using tools like the CEC’s soon-to-be-published “how-to” Guide for Planners and Managers to Design Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate.

About the panelists

Maria Brown is the superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a 1,255 square mile sanctuary that is located north west of San Francisco Bay. She has received numerous honors, including an Environmental Hero Award from NOAA, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

Juliet Eilperin has covered the environment for the national desk of The Washington Post since April 2004. In pursuit of these stories she has gone scuba diving with sharks in the Bahamas, trekking on the Arctic tundra, and searching on her hands and knees for rare insects in the caves of Tennessee.