Can we insure our way to healthier oceans and ocean communities? Imagine a world where municipalities proactively restore wetlands and reefs, small-scale fishers receive payouts after devastating hurricanes, and illegal fishing becomes riskier. Read about these and other insurance innovations that can benefit ocean ecosystems and coastal communities.
A new way to frame ecosystem services: Ecosystems as ‘Providers’ and ‘Protectors’. Students in the Erasmus Mundus MSP masters program recently proposed a simple yet elegant new way to frame how ecosystems offer benefits to humans in the form of ecosystem services. Learn more.
- UN agrees to negotiate legally binding treaty to protect biodiversity of high seas
- New international agreement prohibits commercial fishing in high seas of central Arctic Ocean for 16 years
- UN passes non-binding resolution to end plastic waste entering oceans; moving towards binding treaty to ban plastic waste entering oceans
- 2017 warmest year on record for global ocean
- Arctic sea ice at lowest levels on record
- Coral bleaching events now occurring too often for ecosystems to recover
- Program launched to study ocean soundscapes and effects of sound on marine organisms
- US proposes plan to open most of outer continental shelf to oil and gas development; proposal open for comment until March 9
- Seychelles adding two MPAs as part of MSP initiative
- Marine planning visioning workshops being held across England in February and March
- Welsh draft national marine plan open for comment until March 29
- Ireland publishes roadmap for development of national marine spatial plan
- Formal consultation process for Belgian maritime spatial plan to begin in early 2018
- Spanish-language massive open online course (MOOC) on marine litter running now
- Summer school on interdisciplinary approaches for sustainable oceans announced; applications due March 26
- “Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in a nutshell” video now available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese
- Open-access overview of seabed mining – including state of development and environmental impacts – available
- Join a Fishackathon event and code for marine conservation on Feb 10-11
Perspective: Radical MSP can solve social and environmental problems, not just facilitate industrialization. “Planners need to develop processes that prioritize social well-being and environmental sustainability rather than the maximization of marine GDP.” Read more ideas for radical MSP.
Wrap-up announcements from MEAM
OCTO’s MarXiv profiled in “Tear Down That Paywall: The Movement to Make Ocean Research Free for All“
“Yet many marine scientists, managers, advocates and policymakers around the world – from the poorest countries and organizations but also even the richest – have struggled to access research journals for years. The traditional model of academic publishing, in which major journals, published by a small handful of companies, charge subscription fees that can cost thousands of dollars for a single publication, has long made marine research harder to use for the very on-the-ground experts and practitioners it may need to reach.”
—- Jessica Leber. Oceans Deeply. 18 January, 2018.
Read more about ways that OCTO and others are working towards making marine research available to practitioners and those who need it in this news article from Oceans Deeply. OCTO’s MarXiv (rhymes with “archive”) makes it possible to share your ocean and climate science papers, technical reports, and datasets legally and at no cost to you or users. It also provides unique DOI numbers, long-term storage, and indexing in Google Scholar. Read more about MarXiv and add papers to the repository.
Join MEAM at the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans Symposium!
MEAM is going to be reporting from the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans Symposium being held in Washington, DC, June 4-8, 2018. The forum will bring experts from around the world together to better understand climate impacts on ocean ecosystems and how to respond. We encourage MEAM readers to attend the conference and contribute to our coverage. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending and would be interested in contributing!
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