Presented by Kerri Cahill, Branch Chief, National Park Service, Denver Service Center; Ellen Eubanks, Project Leader, Landscape Architect, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology & Development Center; and, 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 presented on guidance being developed to encourage sustainable recreation on federal lands and waters. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center.
Presented by Carri Hulet of The Consensus Building Institute, Tonna-Marie Surgeon-Rogers of Waquoit Bay NERR, and Steve Miller of Great Bay NERR. 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. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network and EcoAdapt.
Presented by Patrick Crist and Kat Maybury of NatureServe. 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 was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Valerie Grussing of the NOAA National MPA Center. 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. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
Presented by Will McClintock of the University of California at Santa Barbara. 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 was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Julie Randall, Vice President of Programs, The WILD Foundation. Marine Wilderness is a powerful vision of functional, healthy and resilient marine life that regenerates populations of wild species interconnected to form productive food webs. It also provides a picture of what wild nature looks like and does compared to places with more significant human impacts. The Marine Wilderness 10+10 Project is a collaborative effort of 10 partners led by The WILD Foundation to reverse marine life depletion and habitat decline by applying a science-based strategy to halt overfishing and destructive human use. For 20 sites around the world (a quarter in the United States), organized teams of stakeholders equipped with project tools and visuals will chart, assess, and act to expand and deepen protections that consider livelihood, cultural and recreational concerns while ensuring ecological needs are met. Through WILD’s partnership with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), the project will help change public values concerning marine life toward an active constituency for marine wilderness. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
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 discussed this work and applications for MPAs worldwide. This webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, EcoAdapt, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.
Presented by Brian Manwaring and Lauren Nutter from the Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. 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.
Presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI. iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics. Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu. This webinar was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
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.