The ICMBE 2015: XIII International Conference on Marine Biology and Ecology aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Marine Biology and Ecology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology.
The Blue Solutions Project and the Panorama Initiative provide global platforms to assemble and promote knowledge on successful approaches, tools and processes, focusing on what works why and how. These solutions have proven their success and inspire others to replicate and adapt them.
While Blue Solutions focuses on the sustainable use and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity, the Panorama shares success stories from protected areas in particular, both marine and terrestrial.
The Blue Solutions partners have developed a template to document these solutions and their core elements – so-called building blocks. We believe that these building blocks can be replicated, adapted and recombined to address specific challenges in new contexts, geographies or even sectors.
We hereby invite you to a webinar explaining this solutions approach and providing guidance on how to document your solutions. The webinar is timed to support “solution providers” in preparation for the upcoming “Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region”, as well as in the follow-up of the IUCN World Parks Congress.
During the webinar, we will explain the concept of “solutions” and “building blocks”, walk through the template and share best practices in completing it.
This workshop aims to foster a dialogue on enhancing ecosystem approaches to the management of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) through global, regional and national processes. The workshop is expected to result in a synthesis on the current state of knowledge on global and regional processes that can be used to improve sustainable use of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, and address areas of uncertainty as a result of a weak knowledge base on fisheries and biodiversity. Participants will assess knowledge; global, regional and national efforts; and available capacity on fisheries and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, with the aim of identifying gaps and capacity needs. The workshop will also share lessons learned and emerging trends in development, management and research on ABNJ from around the world and establish cross-sectoral linkages for improved information sharing on ABNJ. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum are organizing the workshop, in collaboration with other partners.
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in a cooperative partnership with the University of Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG) and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL), the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), among other partners, is delighted to announce this Call for Papers for the international conference Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law, to be held at the University of Cambridge, UK, on 20-22 February 2015.
The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.
The Indian Ocean region has a great diversity of marine ecosystems and exploited fisheries and there is an urgent need for scientists working in the region to share their knowledge and experiences in the scientific, social and economic aspects of these ecosystems and fisheries. The primary aim of the conference is to bring together scientists from the region to exchange research advancements and promote collaborations and partnerships in the Sultanate of Oman and throughout the Indian Ocean.
The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) and the facilitator of REGATTA's Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Community of Practice, Practical Action Latin America, are co-organizing this meeting of members of the EbA Community of Practice to strengthen the network, discuss regional experiences in EbA and identify opportunities for collaboration.
The ocean plays a vital role in all three pillars of sustainable development and is an essential component of the post-2015 development agenda. The ocean and seas covers 70% of the Earth’s surface area, host the largest connected ecosystem and plays a central role in climate stability, oxygen generation, nutrient cycling, food production and coastal protection. Coastal ecosystems provide significant ecosystem services which themselves rely on healthy levels of biological diversity. They partially support about 75% of the global population, which resides in the wider coastal margins. The fraction is estimated to grow over the coming decades. Moreover the majority of the world’s mega-cities are located in coastal regions. Thus growing fraction of the world’s population is dependent on the ocean for transportation of goods, for food supply through fisheries and aquaculture, particularly in developing countries. New uses are the generation of renewable energy, mining of materials and a growing demand for coastal and ocean tourism. The legal framework for the high seas, in particular the area beyond national jurisdiction, might need to be enhanced to allow for effective governance and implementation of a global sustainable development agenda.
The Symposium will bring together scientists and practitioners concerned with sustainable ocean development. Early career scientists and established experts from a broad range of disciplines will exchange their views on: Ocean sustainability, ocean conservation, ocean resources, ocean governance and outreach & arts.
Sun22Mar2015Fri27Mar2015Colombo, Sri Lanka
This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.
Mon23Mar2015Fri27Mar2015Santos City, Brazil
The strong linkage between ocean dynamics and societal needs, underlined by the role of science, represents the background for a series of climate change meetings coordinated by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).
The Third International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans will be held in Santos (Brazil) by invitation of the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP) demonstrating the engagement and commitment of Brazil to the recommendations of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. This symposium will provide opportunities for the international science community to bring the latest information, understanding and assessment of the impacts of climate change on our oceans. Twelve sessions covering different but interconnected themes have been selected, from physical processes and their interaction with ecosystem dynamics, to resource provision and ocean governance. The latest developments in predicting changes in biodiversity, phenology, fisheries and ecosystems as well as in the physical systems that sustains these, will inform discussions on the risks and opportunities that climate change will bring to coastal communities and to society at large. The symposium will also highlight knowledge gaps to stimulate the development of the new generation of science of climate change impacts on our oceans.
The Blue Solution Initiative is happy to announce the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region taking place from 14 – 17 April 2015 in Cancún, Mexico.
The four-day Regional Forum provides a platform for more than 100 Latin American and Wider Caribbean Region practitioners and decision-makers involved in marine and coastal planning, management and governance for sustainable development to:
- Enable mutual learning and support knowledge transfer on experiences and ‘blue solutions’.
- Inspire participants and facilitate the adaptation of successful experiences towards the implementation of sustainable solutions in marine and coastal contexts.
The Forum will be structured around the following three themes:
- Coastal and marine spatial planning and Management
- Sustainable finance and ecosystem services
- Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening this Regional Workshop to 'Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas'. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being convened in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office West Asia (ROWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office – Abu Dhabi, among others.
This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.
The conference will bring together internationally renowned and regional experts to enable them to share their knowledge and expertise on the latest developments in the field with local Hong Kong experts and environmental practitioners from academia, government, NGOs and the private sector. The specific objectives of this conference are:
- To provide a platform for knowledge transfer and idea exchange;
- To foster local, regional and international collaborations in research and development among scientists, environmental consultants, policy makers and governmental officers engaging in the field of marine biodiversity, ecology and conservation;
- To identify knowledge gaps and prioritize emerging research areas in the field;
- To train young scientists and environmental practitioners;
- To solicit expert advice and share experiences on some of the pressing practical issues in relation to marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management in HK.
The Economist Events' third World Ocean Summit ambitiously aims to set a new global agenda for the ocean economy.
The World Ocean Summit will convene more than 250 global leaders from various sectors with direct interests in the oceans and igniting a constructive dialogue on solution.
More info here.
World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to remind everyone of the major part the ocean has in everyday life, inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean, and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.
See also here.
- Geopolitics of the oceans
- Maritime governance
- Social Relations and Culture
- Fisheries management
- Knowledge production
- Coastal threats and vulnerability
Presentation of papers, posters and other visual materials (documentary films, small exhibitions) is possible.
Also possibility to host a panel.
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2015
Biodiversity studies, including ecology, physiology, behaviour, taxonomy/ phylogeny, aquiculture, conservation and management issues, data-bases.
All types of organisms and coastal environments (marine-brackish-freshwater and adjacent terrestrial systems), integrative approaches, data-handling techniques.
Climate change and its consequences are threatening coastal areas, especially in emerging countries, and require swift and concrete action. Blue Solutions recently developed the training "Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal and Marine Areas (Blue CCA)", based on the existing GIZ / OECD training on ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, and focusses on adaptation measures in marine and coastal areas. It is complementary to the existing Blue-IES training and is aimed at practitioners, technical personnel and decision makers from state institutions and civil society.
Sun23Aug2015Fri28Aug2015Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Sustainable Oceans Lab
From 23 to 28 August the second meeting of the leadership programme takes place in Mexico. It offers space for exchange and learning to leaders and change agents active in the management and governance of oceans. During the Lab, 30 participants from civil society, government and business communities engaged in diverse multi-stakeholder initiatives in 14 countries work together on issues they face in their respective initiatives and create sustainable development solutions to address the following question: How can we work together to enhance the sustainable management of our marine ecosystems globally?
The Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems meeting is a conference for aquatic scientists (both marine and freshwater) with a focus on evolution, interactions and long-term change - particularly how these shape patterns of biodiversity and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The scope is deliberately broad encompassing natural and highly modified habitats in both marine and freshwater aquatic systems. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are the key focus, but the meeting also caters for an interdisciplinary approach to studying and managing aquatic ecosystems, especially unravelling local and regional scale impacts from global climate driven change!
MSP Training Course Development
The Blue Solutions Initiative is developing an open-source training course on Marine & Coastal Planning. From 9 to 11 September selected MSP experts and practitioners from all over the world will discuss and evolve the draft concept, integrating “real-life” examples and key findings on challenges, enabling factor and barriers of MSP into the training.
The 4th international conference on “Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe 2015” offers a regular international forum for discussions on currently important marine conservation issues in Europe with occasional examples from beyond. The conference invites a wide range of participants and organizations such as international conventions and agreements, policy makers, conservation managers, scientists and inter- and non-governmental organizations.
International experts will discuss emerging issues and new research results, and identify promising approaches to proceed in marine nature conservation in Europe. The intended presentations will focus on:
- Current status of the implementation of MPA and EBSA networks;
- Current protection status and new research results on threatened or declining marine species and habitats like sharks and rays, whales, deep sea species, seamounts and hydrothermal vents or other benthic habitats;
- Anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment and their management with focus on fisheries, e.g. management measures alternative fishing gear, and on the effects of offshore windfarms;
- Marine nature conservation in marine policy: the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD); Marine Spatial Planning; the economic value of ecosystem services;
- New research and marine monitoring methods like digital aerial survey or sediment and benthic mapping.
The conference is hosted by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in cooperation with the German Oceanographic Museum / OZEANEUM.
Further information on the website of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
ICES Annual Science Conference 2015: an exciting weeklong forum that brings together an international community of marine scientists, socio-economists, and students.
ICES welcomes all interested scientists, policy- and decision-makers, those who work with marine ecosystems, stakeholders, representatives from interested organizations and industry to join the discussions on science for sustainable seas.
More information here.
Fri02Oct201512:30 - 19:30Paris, Ile-De-France, France
The conference aims to discuss and identify how to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on oceans, including how to make the best use of scientific knowledge and put oceans on a sustainable pathway. Participants will also address implementation of the proposed SDG. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in partnership with the US Embassy in France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) are organizing the conference.
Tue06Oct201512:30University of Rhode Island Bay Campus Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI
Join colleagues from around New England and across the globe on October 6, 2015 at the 2015 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on International Marine Spatial Planning to share experiences, learn from seasoned practitioners, and help mentor emerging professionals. Offshore energy development,commercial and recreational fisheries, shipping, conservation, and historic preservation — these are just some of the uses of ocean waters that marine spatial planners must take into account.
This event will be live-streamed for free from the University of Rhode Island at http://livestream.com/universityofrhodeisland/seagrantsymposium.
You may also attend the event in-person. Registration information is at http://rhody.crc.uri.edu/msp15/.
Transformations are often discussed as necessary to achieve a just society that thrives within planetary boundaries. The conference "Transformations2015" will focus on transformations to sustainability: the challenge of solving problems in the Anthropocene and creating conditions for good lives for people, today and in the future, while strengthening Earth's life support system.
The conference will gather people from various disciplines around the world to share cutting-edge research on transformations to sustainability and through a Science MashUp explore the research frontiers in this developing field. The conference aims to build a better understanding of large-scale systems change and fundamental changes in people-planet relationships that can have an impact at scales that match the problems of the Anthropocene.
This webinar will be presented by Claire Fackler of NOAA. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a system of fourteen marine protected areas, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes. The National Marine Sanctuary System's education and outreach programs inspire ocean and climate literacy and stewardship of the national marine sanctuaries through engaging hands-on, STEM field programs, teacher workshops, student activities, social media, and free online resources. Learn about the impacts of these unique programs through formative and summative evaluations and how you too can inspire ocean and climate literacy, as well as conservation and stewardship through your own marine protected area. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.
This webinar will be presented by Healy Hamilton and Xuemei Han of NatureServe. The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard is a web-enabled, interactive dashboard that enables tracking of biodiversity and conservation performance data in a clear, user-friendly format. It can help organizations track progress toward conservation targets, support monitoring and reporting, inform outcome-based policy making for the protection of natural resources, and catalyze necessary investments in information infrastructure. The dashboard enables users to track key indicators of biodiversity and conservation performance data. Example indicators include deforestation rate (for pressure on biodiversity), the IUCN Red List Index (for state of species), Key Biodiversity Areas (for conservation response), and freshwater provision (for benefits to human populations). It was set up to analyze three regions: the tropical Andes, the Great Lakes of Africa, and the Mekong River Valley, with potential to expand to any other geographic regions. This webinar will give an overview of the dashboard and its current and other possible uses. Learn more about the dashboard at www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/projects/biodiversity-indicators-dashboard. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org and the EBM Tools Network.
Mon26Oct2015Sat31Oct2015Wild Coast Sun, South Africa
It is with a great pleasure that we invite you to take part in the 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium to be held on the 26-31 October 2015 at the Wild Coast Sun Hotel in South Africa. This biennial forum is the largest open scientific conference in the region on marine and coastal issues and is expected to gather some 500 delegates from across the globe.
The 9th Symposium will be a unique opportunity for all those involved in the marine and coastal environment including scientists, researchers, practitioners, academics, students, policy makers the private sector, experts, community leaders, and media professionals to meet and discuss the latest scientific developments in marine and coastal research, explore how such developments can be realistically applied by users. Participants will also share knowledge, experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in our coastal and marine environment.In the upcoming months, we will work on building a strong scientific programme.
As was the case in previous editions of the symposium, the programme will include key note presentations from top scientists, oral and poster presentations, all covering the main symposium themes: Vulnerability, Resilience & Adaptation; and Biodiversity and ecological processes; Utilization of resources; Human dimension and governance systems; Understanding Ecosystem Services; and Innovations in Support of an Ocean-based Economy.
In addition, a wide range of dynamic activities, such as workshops, round table discussions, special sessions will provide participants with opportunities to network, share best practice and present their studies in front of hundreds of delegates and media representatives from around the world.
For the 9th Symposium, we are particularly inspired by the success of the last symposium held in Maputo, Mozambique in 2013, where the contributions of the private sector and policy makers in the special sessions on oil and gas and the uptake of research results by policy were outstanding! We hope to build on this success and to go further in interfacing with these sectors.
The 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium is jointly organized by WIOMSA, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), partnered by the Oceanographic Research Institute and the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board.
In the months ahead, we encourage you to learn more about the scientific programme, and to get involved in this landmark event by developing and submitting abstracts, and making plans to join us in South Africa.
Dr Jacqueline Uku (WIOMSA President)
Setting targets and limits for long-term fisheries management is at the core of ICES work as well as of highest priority in fisheries management research. The implementation of the MSY approach, the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management and the upcoming European Landing Obligation has forced fisheries scientists to turn to advising on the setting of targets for ecosystems rather than single species. To provide decision-makers with sufficient information, reliable information on the effect of setting specified targets and limits is required. To produce this information, an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding of the structure, dynamics and response of marine ecosystems to change is required as is the relationship between fishing activities and marine ecosystems. By targeting a global international audience, the symposium will promote the exchange of knowledge on these topics both within ICES and between ICES and other international organizations such as the FAO and PICES.
Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. SBSTTA has met 18 times to date and produced a total of 193 recommendations to the Conference of the Parties, some of which have been endorsed in full by the latter. Such endorsement makes these recommendations de facto decisions of the Conference of the Parties. Parts of other recommendations have also been endorsed, and many others have been taken up in modified form.
More information: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=sbstta-19
Since everyone can't make it to the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa this November 9th-13th, MESP will bring a little of the conference to you. Hosted by CSF Board Secretary Linwood Pendleton, these webinars are part of the 8th ESP World Conference and will feature authors of recent marine ecosystem services papers. Each author present for 10 minutes followed by a brief question and answer period.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
4pm Paris • 3pm London • 10am US Eastern • 7am US Pacific
- Alistair McVittie, SRUC, Edinburgh: The benefits to people of expanding Marine Protected Area
- Jasper Kenter, The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS): Integrating monetary and non-monetary approaches for incorporating the value of marine cultural ecosystem services into decisions
- Anne Böehnke-Henrichs, Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands: The artist and the sea – exploring oceans’ “inspiration for culture, art and design”
Wednesday / Thursday, 4/5 November 2015
1pm U.S. Pacific (4 Nov) • 4pm US Eastern(4 Nov) • 7am Brisbane (5 Nov) • 10am Wellington, NZ (5 Nov)
- Kate Davies, NIWA, New Zealand: Many voices of the Manukau: Mapping coastal narratives in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Katherine Short, Partner, Terra Moana Ltd.: Natural capital and ecosystem services advance seafood sustainability – an illustrated learning journey
- Darla Hatton MacDonald, Associate Professor, University of Tasmania: Gaining Consensus: the Steps before a Marine Value Experiment
For more information and registration go to: http://www.linwoodpendleton.com/upcomingmespwebinars/
To join either webinar event, you will need a password. Please enter lowerecase mesp.
This session will explore the role of ecosystem services assessment (ESA) in marine and coastal policy. This will include an overview of why it can be beneficial to include ESA in marine and coastal policy making, how to conduct ESA in such a way as to support its uptake into policy (and management), and the relationship between ESA in stakeholder engagement in a marine context. These themes will be explored using worked examples from a variety of recent projects.
For this webinar session the SGA Network Secretariat are partnered by Dr Steve Fletcher. Dr Fletcher is Head of the Marine Programme at UNEP-WCMC and Associate Professor in Marine Policy at Plymouth University, UK. He has expertise in ecosystem services assessment, coastal and marine policy analysis, socio-economics of coastal resources, and applied coastal and marine governance. He co-led the VALMER project (www.valmer.eu) which tested the application of marine ecosystem service assessment to the management of the Western English Channel, and recently conducted a marine ecosystem services assessment of the marine area of St. Helena.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6119256468249918978
The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the only global, multi-sectoral platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. With Singapore celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and continuing to advance its significant role in the global maritime economy, SOS 2015 will bring together the diverse ocean business community to plan for the next 50 years of Blue Growth, a sustainable ocean economy and responsible ocean business opportunities.
Mon09Nov2015Fri13Nov2015Stellenbosch, South Africa
The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.
Especially delegates from businesses are encouraged to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.
More info here.
Under the theme "Global Targets - Local Benefits: Setting the Sustainable Development Agenda for the Seas of East Asia beyond 2015" the EAS Congress 2015 will serve as a platform for assessing lessons learned and progress made, scaling up good practices and initiatives towards building an ocean-based blue economy, and mapping new targets and schedule for the East Asian Region in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other international committments.
Tue17Nov201506:00 - 07:00 PMopenchannels.org
The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register fot the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8960072357055267585
(Spanish language webinar on TESSA to be held on December 8: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8612490343236452353)
By Sarah Poon of Environmental Defense Fund and Jenn Macy Humberstone formerly of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Small-scale coastal fisheries are central to the health of the ocean, livelihood, poverty alleviation and food security for millions around the world, but today many of them are severely threatened by chronic overfishing. TURF-Reserves are an approach to managing many small-scale fisheries around the world. However, many fishing communities lack access to the resources needed to implement them. EDF staff has worked with Master’s students from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara to create TURFtools, a user-friendly tool for small-scale fishing communities to facilitate TURF-Reserve design. TURFtools incorporates both local fishing knowledge and the best available scientific data to provide communities with information on the economic and biological tradeoffs of different design options. This webinar will discuss how TURFtools works and how it allows fishery stakeholders to anticipate tradeoffs in biological and economic performance of different spatial designs to facilitate a more informed decision-making process for TURF-Reserve design. One of the presenters will also share her experience traveling to the Philippines to pilot the tool with EDF staff and partners using data from two small-fishing communities.
Learn more at http://www2.bren.ucsb.edu/~turftools.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1975316989754370050.
By Chris Costello of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington.
The Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond is a new collection of research designed to inform decision makers, including governments and investors, on effective ocean and coastal resource management strategies to maximize economic, conservation and societal benefits. The research demonstrates how governance and management reform can reduce poverty while achieving economic gains, increasing food production, replenishing fish and conserving ocean health for future generations. For example, compared to a “business-as-usual” scenario, sustainable fishing globally could yield 17 million metric tons (23 percent) more wild fish and generate 90 billion USD (315 percent) more profits annually and boost the amount of fish left in the water for conservation by 112 percent. Taken together, the collection of seven studies creates a comprehensive overview of what’s possible to achieve in the ocean economy and emerging best practices on how to get there.
Learn more and download reports at www.oceanprosperityroadmap.org.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1801494096872824322.
By Will McClintock and Chad Burt of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Management of diver-collected data has traditionally relied on an ad-hoc collection of tools and processes. Such data are often captured on waterproof paper datasheets, transcribed to Excel, and then analyzed in a statistics package. The results are later transmitted by way of printed or electronic reports to decision makers. Even under ideal circumstances (i.e., with highly trained, disciplined researchers) this workflow is error prone and inefficient. SeaMonitor is our vision for a software service that would dramatically improve the collection, visualization, and sharing of marine ecological monitoring and assessment data. By managing the entire life-cycle of these data in a single open platform, higher quality data could be more easily shared and used in decision-making than with an assortment of general purpose tools. The McClintock Lab at the University of California at Santa Barbara is looking for a handful of partners to work with on designing a flexible framework for an initial set of sampling protocols that can grow over time. This webinar will present an overview of the vision for SeaMonitor and how partners can join in.
Learn more at http://seamonitor.org.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3066253526210577154.