Upcoming Events

Conservation Economics Initiative Webinar: An Economic Instrument for Coral Reefs

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11am EDT / 10am CDT / 8am PDT / 5pm CET

Speaker: Christopher LaFranchi, Founder & CEO of OneReef Worldwide Stewardship, a US-based non-profit organization

This webinar explores use of an economic instrument designed to enable local communities to protect coral reefs. While some goods and services provided by reefs are paid for, such as fish and tourism experiences, there is no market mechanism that ensures we invest in maintaining the ecological capacity of reefs to continuously provide these benefits (aka, ecosystem services). Because ecosystem services cannot be readily sold to generate revenues, conservation of reefs incurs an opportunity cost from the perspective of local communities (all that must be given up to conserve and manage key functions needed to sustain benefit flows). Local communities who value reefs struggle to reconcile the short-term costs of protecting them, with the long-term benefits they seek, e.g., healthy and productive reefs to pass to their descendants. We will discuss an instrument designed to attract outside groups who also value coral reefs, and who provide resources under long-term agreements that make reef protection an economically viable option for local communities.

This webinar is hosted by the Conservation Strategy Fund and Duke University, as part of the Conservation Economics Initiative.

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.

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.