Webinars

Aerial view of Salt River Bay.
Aerial view of Salt River Bay. St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Credit: Mr. Sean Linehan, NOAA, NGS, Remote Sensing

The MPA Center, EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe), MPA News and OpenChannels sponsor a monthly webinar series focused on building and strengthening MPA networks. Miss a recent webinar? See the archive.

Watch this site for additional information on upcoming MPA Center Webinars.


The “Why” Behind 30x30: The State of the Science on Marine Protected Area Benefits

Date/Time: Thursday, April 29, 1 pm US EST / 10 am US PST / 5 pm UTC

Speaker: Sara Maxwell of University of Washington,
Juan Mayorga of University of California at Santa Barbara and National Geographic Pristine Seas,
Anne Guerry of Natural Capital Project and Stanford University,
Lauren Wenzel of NOAA

Marine protected areas (MPAs) – areas of ocean that are protected for the long-term conservation of nature – are important tools for biodiversity protection, climate resilience, fisheries enhancement, and provide many benefits and services that people depend upon. In the face of the accelerating impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, and increasing human pressures on the ocean, nations around the world have adopted a goal to protect at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 through representative and effective networks of MPAs. In this webinar, speakers will provide an overview of the state of the science on MPA benefits, highlighting what we know about these important ocean conservation tools and the “why” behind the 30x30 goal. This webinar will help set the stage for a series of webinars focused on how the goal is being addressed in the United States, and speakers will highlight U.S.-based evidence and case studies where possible.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

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Planning for 30x30 in the US: Assessing Protection in US Waters

Date/Time: Thursday, May 6 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Speaker: Mimi D’Iorio and Lauren Wenzel of NOAA,
Kirsten Grorud-Colvert and Jenna Sullivane-Stack of Oregon State University,
Jennifer Sletten of the Anthropocene Institute

The 30x30 international marine conservation commitment aims to protect at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 through representative and effective networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) that are fully or highly protected. Achieving this target would benefit marine biodiversity and the people who depend on healthy oceans as well as build ocean resilience to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Accurate reporting on progress toward 30x30 is vital and requires current and reliable information on protected area boundaries and regulations. This presentation is the first in a series focused on how the goal is being addressed in the United States. Speakers will provide background and context for the 30x30 initiative and highlight complementary efforts underway to catalog and classify MPAs. The MPA Guide provides clarity on what the term “protected” in MPAs really means, and ProtectedSeas’ Marine Managed Area data provides spatial data on regulations, allowing analysis of the cumulative contributions of different management authorities to the same ocean space. These efforts contribute to a more complete picture of the quality and quantity of US MPAs to help move the dial towards effective ocean protection in US waters.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

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Identifying Important Areas for Conservation: A Gap Analysis of US Marine Biodiversity Protection and Knowledge

Date/Time: Thursday, May 26 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Speaker: Emmett Duffy of the Smithsonian Institution,
Daniel Dunn of the University of Queensland,
Pat Halpin of Duke University

The Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States spans 24 ecoregions across three oceans and habitats ranging from oceanic coral reefs to glacial bays to deep-sea abyssal plains and vent ecosystems. This expansive territory hosts a similarly great diversity of marine life. Yet there has never been a systematic inventory of US living marine resources. Such information is an essential scientific foundation as the US and other nations embark on an expanded initiative to protect marine life and habitats. The Marine Biodiversity Dialogues project, sponsored by the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and Lenfest Ocean Program, is conducting an initial, time-bound gap analysis of existing data to identify:

  1. limits to existing knowledge of marine biodiversity and its distribution across the expansive US EEZ, and
  2. key regions whose biodiversity is not well represented in existing marine protected areas (MPAs).
This webinar will summarize findings of this gap analysis and discuss how the emerging science foundation can inform strategic prioritization for protection of marine habitats and regions in the US EEZ.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

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How to use diverse incentives to promote effective and equitable MPA governance: New case studies and practical guidance

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 7, 1 pm US EDT / 10 am US PDT / 5 pm UTC

Speaker: Peter Jones of University College London

MPA governance is the modification of human behavior (e.g., fishing, tourism, coastal development activities) through an appropriate combination of incentives – including economic, legal, participation, communication, and knowledge incentives. Previous research on MPA governance case studies has developed and explored the hypothesis that the use of diverse incentives is critical to developing MPA governance that is both effective (i.e., they achieve conservation objectives and are not “paper parks) and equitable (i.e., local customs and traditional ways of life are conserved, participation of local people is provided for, the costs and benefits of conservation are fairly shared). This webinar presents 28 new case studies (including a case study of the emerging policy framework for MPAs beyond national jurisdiction) to test this hypothesis and develop practical guidance for MPA managers and policy practitioners on how to combine a diversity of governance incentives to promote effectiveness and equity. Our research found that while many MPAs already employ a diversity of incentives, many of the incentives needed to be strengthened and others needed to be introduced.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

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