Upcoming Events

A Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management of North-central California Coast and Ocean Habitats, Species, and Ecosystem Services

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Please note this webinar has been rescheduled a week earlier - it was originally scheduled for 14 August 2014.

Presented by Sara Hutto of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Climate-Smart Adaptation Project for the North-central California Coast and Ocean is an effort to integrate adaptive management, as well as monitoring, mitigation, and climate change education, into sanctuary management. The project will produce a comprehensive and prioritized adaptation implementation plan based on climate-smart principles. A climate-smart approach seeks nature-based solutions to reduce climate change impacts on wildlife and people, and enhance resilience to sustain vibrant, diverse ecosystems. Phase 1 of the project consists of a 2-part workshop series that engages scientists and resource managers to identify focal species, habitats, and ecosystem services and develop vulnerability assessments for these focal resources. Phase 2 uses this information to define plausible climate scenarios for the region and develop and prioritize adaptive management recommendations, with special focus on living shoreline projects, through a working group of local stakeholders. After evaluating these recommendations, the sanctuary will develop a detailed implementation plan and design pilot living shoreline projects with the goal of proactively sustaining diverse ecosystems through nature-based solutions. This webinar will discuss this work and applications for MPAs worldwide. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, EcoAdapt, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

A Cultural Resources Toolkit for MPA Managers

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

The Cultural Heritage Resources Working Group of the MPA Federal Advisory Committee is creating a virtual toolkit for coastal and MPA managers on cultural resource management. The toolkit will provide practical guidance to help MPA managers effectively manage cultural resources. The webinar will present the draft toolkit and provide an opportunity for feedback. Read the Recommendations for Integrated Management Using a Cultural Landscape Approach for the National MPA System at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/pdf/helpful-resources/mpafac_rec_cultural_landscape_12_11.pdf. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

Using SeaSketch for Collaborative Design of Ocean Management Plans

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

SeaSketch is a platform for collaborative design of science-based ocean management plans, including marine protected areas, transportation zones, and renewable energy sites. SeaSketch can generate hundreds of alternative proposals and can provide analytical feedback (e.g. habitat protected, potential social or economic costs and benefits) on a given proposal within seconds. Users can share their sketches, discuss their ideas, share views of maps, and post file uploads to discussion forums. This webinar will present how SeaSketch has been used in two projects: the Blue Halo Initiative in Barbuda and the Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP). The Blue Halo Initiative used SeaSketch to engage nearly every resident of the small island of Barbuda in the collaborative design of a comprehensive zoning plan for the area within Barbuda’s 3 nautical mile boundary. SeaSketch was configured to show how well user-generated zones met science and policy guidelines for ecosystem protection and minimizing economic impacts to fishermen. The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) is a collaborative planning process for four coastal and marine areas in British Columbia. SeaSketch is assisting MaPP by enabling on-line access to MaPPs' extensive spatial data library and creating analytical tools to support MaPPs' work including integrating Marxan outputs with SeaSketch visualization tools create and/or compare draft protection management zones. Learn more at www.seasketch.org.

This webinar will be presented by Will McClintock of the University of California at Santa Barbara. It is co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

A Guide to Tools for Landscape Conservation Planning

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Tribal, agency, conservation organization, and private sector managers are engaged in landscape-scale planning to conserve and sustainably manage natural and cultural resources in the North Pacific region of the United States and Canada. Tools that facilitate this work vary greatly, and managers often find it very difficult and time consuming to select tools appropriate for their work. Through funding from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, NatureServe has created a guide to tools that support landscape-level conservation in the face of climate change for natural resources managers in that region. This guide, based on surveys of tool needs for the region, emphasizes tools currently in use in the North Pacific region of the United States and Canada and augments with other proven tools. Much of the guide is also applicable to landscape-scale conservation planning in other regions as well. For this work, tools were defined broadly as applications that facilitate: 1) gathering and distributing relevant data (e.g. regional databases that support queries and downloads), 2) conducting analyses and modeling (e.g. vulnerability assessments), 3) visualizing data and analysis/modeling results (including current and potential future conditions), and 4) integrating information into planning for conservation, land use, and land management. This webinar discussion will provide a brief overview of the guide and tools.

This webinar will be presented by Patrick Crist and Kat Maybury of NatureServe. It is co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Educating the Public about Climate Change Threats Using Role-Play Simulations: The New England Climate Adaptation Project

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Role-play simulations are experiential exercises that help community residents and decision-makers learn more about the scientific or technical issues being debated in various public policy controversies, such as whether and how to adapt to the risks associated with climate change. The New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP), a partnership of the Consensus Building Institute, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, is working with four at-risk coastal New England communities to: assess local climate change risks, 2) identify key challenges and opportunities for adaptation, and 3) test the use of role-play simulations as a means to educate the public about climate change threats and to help communities explore ways of decreasing their vulnerability and enhancing their resilience to climate change impacts. As part of this project, science-based role-play simulations were developed for each of the four partner municipalities. Tailored specifically for each community, these simulations were designed to engage participants in a mock decision-making process about a key climate change risk facing their community, such as the possibility of severe sea level rise and related impacts on coastal infrastructure. Simulations were based upon local climate change projections, risk assessments, and in-depth discussions with key community members and public officials in each town or city. This webinar will discuss the development and use of these simulations in two of these communities.

If you are interested in conducting one of these role-play simulations in your town, workplace, or classroom, the full package of materials is available through http://necap.scripts.mit.edu/necap/simulations. Learn more about the New England Climate Adaptation Project at http://necap.mit.edu/necap.

This webinar will be presented by Carri Hulet of The Consensus Building Institute, Tonna-Marie Surgeon-Rogers of Waquoit Bay NERR, and Steve Miller of Great Bay NERR. It is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network and EcoAdapt.