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, October 30, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT


Educating the Public about Climate Change Threats
Using Role-Play Simulations: The New England Climate Adaptation Project 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: 1) 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. Webinar co-sponsored by the OpenChannels.org, the EBM Tools
Network, and EcoAdapt. Register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/889878488.

November 25, Noon EST/9 am PST/5 pm GMT

Making Blue Carbon Work: Building
Blue Carbon Projects and the GEF Blue Forests Project by Steven Lutz and
Christian Neumann of GRID-Arendal.
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
. Register for the
webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/425335801.

Download Recordings of Past EBM Tool Webinars (by Date)

Please note: More recent webinars are archived at http://openchannels.org/videos.