EBM Tools Network Webinar and Office Hour Series

The EBM Tools Network Webinar Series highlights key tools and tool use case studies to help practitioners learn about tools quickly and determine their suitability for specific EBM projects. Webinars are held 1-3 times per month and typically last 1 hour.

Upcoming EBM Tool Demonstration Webinars

 

Thursday,
April 10, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

Webinar
on a Toolkit for Engaging Local Communities in MPA Management by Matt
Ferris-Smith, Samantha Miller, Joe Otts, and Michelle Zilinkskas of the
University of Michigan.
This webinar will present a toolkit to enhance the capacity
of marine protected areas to effectively engage with local communities. Based
on interviews
with MPA
managers, staff, and community members from across the United States, the
toolkit addresses topics including building trust and understanding with
community members, increasing collaboration with communities, increasing
awareness and knowledge of protected areas, and fostering stewardship behavior.
It was developed by graduate students from the University of Michigan’s School
of Natural Resources and the Environment in collaboration with NOAA's National
Marine Protected Areas Center. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine
Protected Areas Center, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the
webinar at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/886880984.

 

Thursday, May
8,
1
pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

Listening
to our Sanctuaries: Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise
in Marine Protected Areas 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, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/916410096.

 

Thursday, June
12,
1
pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

Preparing
for Disaster at MPAs 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,
OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/817007440.

 

Thursday, July
10,
1
pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

Building
Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs 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, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/295848472.

 

Thursday, August
14,
1
pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

A
Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management of North-central California Coast
and Ocean Habitats, Species, and Ecosystem Services 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,
OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/147107152.

 

Thursday, September
11,
1
pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

 

A Cultural
Resources Toolkit for MPA Managers 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.
Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center,
OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/393961960.

 

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Webinars below are organized by the date they were held.