Upcoming Events

World Parks Congress 2014 Live Blog

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 19

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout WPC 2014 - the World Parks Congress held in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014. We will be operating on Australian Eastern Time (GMT+11 with DST) so for you Americans that's 16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, and 19 hours ahead of our office in Seattle. For Europe, that's 11 hours ahead of London.

The live blog will combine short notes from various WPC sessions, including comments from audience members, highlighted tweets via #WorldParksCongress, and important takeaway messages on conserving our oceans.

You'll be able to virtually attend WPC with us. Have a question or a comment? Simply login to the CoverItLive interface with your Twitter or Facebook account and your comments will be automatically published in the feed. Can't login? You can still post comments, but they won't publish until we have a chance to manually moderate them. To leave a comment, simply type into the the text-box below and hit the "enter" or "return" key on your keyboard.

Coverage will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, November 12 at 4:15 pm (Eastern Australia) / 12:15 am US Eastern / 5:15 am GMT

Live Blog World Parks Congress 2014

Working Across Agency Lines to Improve Visitor Use Management on United States Public Lands and Waters

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT


  • Kerri Cahill, Branch Chief, National Park Service, Denver Service Center
  • Ellen Eubanks, Project Leader, Landscape Architect, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology & Development Center
  • Charles Wahle, Senior Scientist, NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center

The United States has a diverse system of national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, marine protected areas, estuarine research reserves, conservation areas, recreation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and scenic and historic trails managed by a number of different federal agencies. The Interagency Visitor Use Management Council, with representatives from the US National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, and NOAA, is developing effective and legally defensible implementation tools for assessing, planning, and managing visitor use and visitor capacity on US public lands and waters. The Council’s collaborative efforts provide a consistent approach to visitor use management that will in turn create seamless connections between lands and waters managed by different federal agencies. In this webinar, representatives from the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council will present on guidance being developed to encourage sustainable recreation on federal lands and waters.

This webinar is cosponsored by The NOAA National MPA Center, EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Making Blue Carbon Work: Building Blue Carbon Projects and the GEF Blue Forests Project

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Noon EST / 9 am PST / 5 pm GMT

Blue carbon projects can work! A new report entitled ‘Building Blue Carbon Projects: An Introductory Guide’ showcases how using the value of carbon stored and sequestered in marine and coastal ecosystems can support conservation and sustainable management. This report aims to stimulate the discussion around projects that use a blue carbon approach, while also highlighting common blue carbon project elements and key issues from existing projects. Presented within the report are several case studies, including the Global Environment Facility's Blue Forests Project. This four-year global project is in its inception phase and aims to demonstrate how the values of carbon and other ecosystem services can be used to stimulate improved and sustainable ecosystem management. The project will be discussed in further detail in this webinar. Download ‘Building Blue Carbon Projects: An Introductory Guide’ at: http://bluecarbonportal.org/blog/blue-carbon-projects-can-work-new-report-shows. This webinar will be presented by by Steven Lutz and Christian Neumann of GRID-Arendal and it is co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.