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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Ecosystem Services News

Photo: European Commission

EC Launches Blue Economy Report

European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report during the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Coastal regions are home to 214 million people and generate 43% of EU GDP. Today’s report confirms the blue economy’s role as an exciting growth sector, with opportunities both in established sectors like tourism and shipbuilding, and in emerging areas like ocean energy…

BMT scientist Dr Beth Toki (back, fourth from right) met with government officials and community stakeholders at Barana Village, on the outskirts of Honiara Photo BMT

Ecosystem based Adaptation to Climate Change

Building community resilience through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is a new application of BMT’s climate change capabilities. In the Pacific, climate change resilience and adaptation is increasingly being considered in the context of EbA, which concentrates on ecosystem services in adapting to the adverse effects of climate change. This contrasts with the infrastructure or property emphasis of traditional climate change adaptation assessments, and is particularly pertinent to Pacific Islands where communities rely heavily on their local natural resources.

High Correlation of Biomass to Species Diversity in Northern Chukchi Sea - BOEM Study

Last summer, researchers began a five year study to monitor biodiversity in the Arctic Chukchi Sea from an ecosystem perspective, looking at microbes, whales and everything in between. health and critical ecosystem services that contribute to human life. Monitoring it improves our ability to interpret and forecast changes. The unprecedented effects of climate change combined with strong seasonal cycles and increasing human activities in the Arctic make this region particularly important to monitor.

A shipping vessel navigates Canada’s Arctic waters. The MEOPAR network and Irving Shipbuilding announced $1.8 million in funding to support nine ocean research initiatives, including three projects to ensure safer, more culturally sensitive shipping and improved emergency response abilities in Canada’s Arctic. (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

MEOPAR, Irving Shipbuilding Support Ocean Research

The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have partnered to award $1.8 million in support of nine new ocean research projects that align with MEOPAR’s aim to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate and respond to marine risk. “Irving Shipbuilding’s $1 million contribution in support of progressive, coast-to-coast-to-coast marine research highlights the importance of effective industry and academic partnerships,” said MEOPAR Scientific Director Dr. Douglas Wallace.

$790,000 Grant Funds HRI Research of Sea Level Rise

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received a $790,000 grant from the Houston Endowment for a ground-breaking project to map and evaluate the effects of sea level rise on the Upper Texas Coast and develop tools to address this critical issue. The program is the first of its kind in Texas to forecast changes to the environment caused by sea level rise and also examine the socio-economic impacts and public policy options for living with a rising sea.

Photo: World Ocean Council

Sustainable Ocean Summit Final Program Available

The SOS 2013 program will take on the issues that are challenging access to ocean areas and resources by responsible industry operators. Click here to see the program. This global gathering of the diverse ocean business community is not a conference to discuss the issues, enjoy some networking and hope someone else will do something. The SOS is a working meeting to advance industry leadership and collaboration on shared ocean sustainability risks and opportunities through WOC programs. ■ A keynote address by Admiral White, Oceanographer of the U.S.

Photo: World Ocean Council

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013

Washington D.C. The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013), organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC), is an international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050–The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas.” The SOS is designed for the diverse range of ocean industries: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewable energy…

Photo: World Ocean Council

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013

The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013), organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC), is an international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. Washington D.C. The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050–The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas.” The SOS is designed for the diverse range of ocean industries: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewable energy…

EU: New Inland Waterways Protection Guidelines

The Commission is issuing new guidelines on inland navigation and nature protection to assist this important sector in applying EU environmental legislation. The guidelines – "Inland waterway transport and Natura 2000 – sustainable inland waterway development and management in the context of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives" – explain how best to ensure that activities related to inland navigation are compatible with EU environmental policy in general and nature legislation in particular.

Inshore Fishing Boats: Photo credit Likedeel CCL

Ocean Acidification Putting Coastal Jobs at Risk

A NOAA study finds that ocean acidification is accelerated in nutrient-rich areas putting marine resources, coastal economies, at risk. Carbon dioxide released from decaying algal blooms, combined with ongoing increases in atmospheric carbon emissions, leads to increased levels of ocean acidification, and places additional stress on marine resources and the coastal economies that depend on them, according to a new study published by NOAA. Ocean acidification occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or from the breakdown of organic matter…

BWT: the Cost of Great Lakes Invasive Species Damage

Research project shows invasive species cost the Great Lakes millions of dollars. Although there has been growing recognition among researchers and policymakers that shipborne invasive species cause a considerable economic toll, this environmental problem often goes unaddressed because of the difficulty in quantifying annual impacts on ecosystem services. However, a new paper by researchers from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming and the Technical University…

Seawall Defense in Yorkshire

EMU to Study Coastal Defense Structures

EMU Limited announces biodiversity and coastal defense engineering research. Marine consultancy and survey specialists EMU Limited, will collaborate with global engineering consultancy Arup and the Russell Group, University of Southampton on research into using sustainable engineering to further the ecosystem services offered by intertidal communities living on coastal defence structures. The work will seek to achieve engineering for biodiversity and biodiversity for engineering.

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