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Upcoming Events

Listening to our Sanctuaries: Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise in Marine Protected Areas

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Presented by Leila Hatch of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Increasing levels of human activity are contributing increasing levels of underwater noise to the world's aquatic places. In the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the federal agency most responsible for preventing harm to aquatic animals and their habitats. This presentation will discuss NOAA's interest in conserving acoustic habitat quality in addition to minimizing adverse physical and behavioral impacts of noise to specific species. It will also focus on the role that National Marine Sanctuaries are playing in NOAA's ocean noise strategy through both science and management initiatives. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

Online Training: Principles for Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Marine Planning

Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Presented by Brian Manwaring and Lauren Nutter from the Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

Please note that this training will last 90 minutes – 45 minutes of training, followed by 45 minutes of Q&A and audience discussion.

BACKGROUND: Marine planning is a comprehensive, integrated, and complex process that often seeks to coordinate decisions and activities across numerous ocean stakeholders.  As such, it is essential that marine planning processes are designed to engage stakeholders in a manner that meets the needs of planners, process participants, and the stakeholders themselves.  

This virtual training will present and explore principles and best practices for stakeholder engagement in marine planning.  Brian and Lauren will examine the benefits and challenges of engaging stakeholders and the public, and share a range of tools and techniques available to enable positive stakeholder engagement.  This training will be interactive, drawing from the experiences of the presenters and the audience members themselves to illustrate best practices and lessons learned.  

The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution was established by Congress in 1998. Its mission is to help resolve environmental disputes that involve the federal government, by providing mediation, training and related services.

RECORDING: If you miss the live training, a recording of the event will be available afterward at OpenChannels.org

REGISTRATION: The training will be limited to 95 audience members. Please fill-in the form below to reserve your spot as soon as possible. After the initial spots are filled, additional participants may be wait-listed.

Preparing for Disaster at MPAs

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Presented by Will Underwood of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The presentation will focus on the need to consider disaster response planning for marine protected areas using the example of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Mississippi. Natural and anthropogenic disasters will be discussed, with emphasis on impacts associated with hurricanes and oil spills. Proper identification and ranking of hazards and risks to personnel, environmental resources, and infrastructure will be covered as well as discussion on how to integrate with the response community and crosswalk concepts of environmental sensitivity to responders. Examples of formal disaster response plans recently developed within the NERR system will be presented and a template for plan preparation will be made available. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs

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

Presented by Priscilla Brooks of the Conservation Law Foundation and Charlie Wahle of the NOAA MPA Center

Recreational uses of MPAs are expanding rapidly in the US and around the globe. While promising many benefits to users and the sites, this trend has also raised concerns about the sustainability of increased use and about the capacity of most MPAs to manage and facilitate these diverse and often novel activities. To that end, the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, working with the NOAA MPA Center, has examined this challenge and has developed a suite of recommendations and best practices for managers to consider in addressing this trend. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.

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

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

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, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.