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18 Jan 2013
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Washington Post national environment reporter Juliet Eilperin to host interactive webcast with featured guest Maria Brown, superintendent of the Fallarones National Marine Sanctuary
Montreal – On January 28 the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) invites all who care about the future health of our oceans to join us for CECTalks: Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate. The one-hour webcast will take place on Monday, January 28 at 2 p.m. EST.
Together, North America’s marine protected areas form critical ecological linkages and pathways that can be managed to help protect marine species from the deleterious effects of climate change, such as rising water temperatures and decreasing ocean pH levels, which can result in decreased food distribution and availability for fish and marine mammals.
The CEC’s featured guest, Maria Brown of the Fallarones National Marine Sanctuary in California, has already seen the effects of warming waters firsthand in her region. She and other panelists will discuss how the CEC’s forthcoming "how-to" Guide for Planners and Managers to Design Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate can be used to address these issues in a North American context.
The guide is a product of the CEC’s Engaging Communities to Conserve Marine Biodiversity through the North American Marine Protected Areas Network (NAMPAN) project. This project is supported by a trinational network of government agencies, marine protected areas (MPA) managers, and other experts intended to strengthen the conservation of biodiversity in critical marine habitats.
The guide, to be launched on 28 January 2013, is divided into four guidelines that consider methods, practical considerations and resources:
- Protect Species and Habitats with Crucial Ecosystem Roles or Those of Special Conservation Concern
- Protect Potential Carbon Sinks
- Protect Ecological Linkages and Connectivity Pathways for a Wide Range of Species
- Protect the Full Range of Biodiversity Present in the Target Biogeographic Area
The guide is a practical companion to the CEC’s recently published Scientific Guidelines for Designing Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate.
The webcast will be moderated by Juliet Eilperin, national environment reporter at The Washington Post since 2004 and author of Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks, a book about sharks and their connection to human communities around the world.
RRegister now by visiting www.cec.org/cectalks and join us on Monday, January 28 from 2:00–3:00pm. To send in a question or comment during the webcast tweet, using hashtag #CECTalks and our Twitter handle@CECweb, or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cecconnect.
For more information about the CEC’s North American Marine Protected Areas Network visitwww.cec.org/marine.
The CECTalks webcast series features lively discussions with environmental leaders from across North America. Join us for these interactive, online discussions to learn about–and contribute to–the CEC's projects that bring together governments, civil society, and businesses to develop innovative North American solutions to global environmental challenges. Upcoming CECTalks will feature environmental innovations in North America’s automotive industry supply chain and the growing e-waste recycling and refurbishing industry. Find out more at www.cec.org/CECTalks.