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  1. This webinar originally aired on 8 February 2018.

    UN Environment launched #CleanSeas in February 2017 to engage governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter. This campaign is addressing the root cause of marine litter by targeting the production and consumption of non-recoverable and single-use plastic. It is also giving a platform to hundreds of local organizations doing important work on marine litter to highlight their efforts. The campaign contributes to the goals of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, a voluntary open-ended partnership for international agencies, governments, businesses, academia, local authorities and non-governmental organizations hosted by UN Environment. Learn more about #CleanSeas at

    Webinar presented by Carla Friedrich of UN Environment. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center,, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

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  2. This webinar originally aired on 7 February 2018.

    Jay Austin of the Environmental Law Institute
    Richard Charter of the Ocean Foundation
    Tim Charters of the National Ocean Industries Association
    Sarah Winter Whelan of the American Littoral Society

    Moderator: Sarah Carr of the EBM Tools Network

    Brief: The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to significantly expand oil and gas drilling in US waters. This panel will explore the potential impacts of that plan on existing ocean management frameworks. Among other issues, the panel will address: where the proposed drilling plan goes from here (next steps, timelines); potential impacts of the plan on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments; potential impacts on existing regional marine spatial plans; and potential impacts on offshore renewable energy development.

    This event was co-hosted by OCTO, MPA News, MEAM, OpenChannels, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

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  3. This webinar originally aired on 12 December 2017.

    After South East Asia, Africa is pouring the second largest amount of debris into the oceans of world. Predictions are that within the next three decades Africa will produce more marine debris than any other continent unless strong, concerted collaborative actions are taken within countries and across their borders. The AMWN is finding solutions to these challenges. An early step was to host the African Marine Waste Conference (see where delegates from Africa interacted with experts from around the world. The strategy arising from the conference will be outlined in the webinar. People from around the world will be invited to help achieve the goals, particularly in building capacity, education, research and promotion of sustainable economic enterprises in impoverished settlements.

    This Webinar was presented by Tony Ribbink (Sustainable Seas Trust) on behalf of the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN). Webinar cosponsored by MarineDebris.Info and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

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  4. This webinar originally aired on 14 November 2017. 

    Ocean managers, policymakers, and NGOs routinely face barriers to scientific knowledge: they simply can't afford costly subscriptions to traditional peer-reviewed academic journals. Studies have found that these financial barriers result in less primary science being used in on-the-ground environmental management plans.

    MarXiv offers a way to increase access to pay-walled academic literature in a legal manner. An author who retains copyright on their submitted manuscript, known colloquially as a preprint, may upload the manuscript to MarXiv. Anyone may then download and read the preprint free of charge, legally, forever. No more time wasted begging the author for a copy, and no need to "pirate" the research in a not-so-legal manner.

    Join us for a tour of MarXiv: the (free!) preprint service for the ocean and climate-change sciences. Nick will explain what preprints are, how you can tell when/if you can share your preprint on MarXiv, and explain ways the MarXiv Team will promote your research — including summarizing preprints for managers and policymakers.

    This webinar was presented by Nick Wehner, Project Director of MarXiv and Director of Open Initiatives at OCTO. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

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  5. This webinar originally aired on 9 November 2017.

    A workshop on business planning was recently held to support the financial future of protected areas in Seychelles. Outputs developed under this project have global application. This presentation will outline the importance of business planning for protected areas and how business plans can be used as tools to leverage financial support for conservation management. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the components of business plans and a database of protected area business plans where users can access over 45 examples of protected area business plans and guidelines.

    This webinar was presented by Andrew Rylance, Technical Advisor to the Government of Seychelles-United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) Protected Area Financing Project (2016-2021). Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

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