A new paper in Marine Policy (pre-print available for free in the MarXiv research repository) discusses the importance of effective metaphors for marine conservation and policy. Metaphors are figures of speech that describe something in terms more familiar to listeners, e.g., “a blanket of snow”. Good metaphors help shape understanding of something and can mobilize appropriate action. Poorly-chosen metaphors are, at best, ineffective at mobilizing support for the intended cause, and, at worst, counterproductive because they lead to oppositional behaviors or decrease the credibility of the messenger.
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In lieu of a lead article this month, we spent our time expanding MEAM’s compilation of ocean planning and management training opportunities to help current and future practitioners connect with useful opportunities to add to their knowledge and skill sets. Over the past few months, we have added more than 60 training opportunities directly related to marine planning and management, and we know there are more out there! If you know of other opportunities that we should include – especially opportunities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America – please let us know. In the meantime, many thanks to the many EBM Tools Network and MEAM readers who supplied information on training resources they provide or have found useful. Check out the compilation of training opportunities.
Editor's note: The goal of The EBM Toolbox is to promote awareness of tools and methods for facilitating EBM and MSP processes. It is brought to you by the EBM Tools Network (www.ebmtools.org), a voluntary alliance of tool users, developers, and training providers.
A new method helps ocean planners and stakeholders find the best locations for a wide range of ocean uses, while minimizing negative interactions among ocean uses and environmental impacts. This method was described in a recent article in Nature Communications. MEAM learned from authors Sarah Lester, an assistant professor of geography at Florida State University, and Crow White, an assistant professor with Center for Coastal Marine Sciences at the California Polytechnic State University, what makes this technique different from other marine spatial planning tools and what sorts of data sets are needed to use it.
- Scientists describe a new deep reef marine zone – the rariphotic
- Ecosystem-based MSP process underway for Azores, Madeira, and Canary Islands
- UNEP launches portal of global and regional marine and coastal data resources
- New high-resolution, publicly-available dataset captures activity of more than 70,000 fishing vessels, including majority of large industrial fishing vessels
- New climate resilience tool helps discover, visualize, and analyze climate and socioeconomic datasets globally
- Paper outlines roles for ocean businesses in implementing Sustainable Development Goals and advancing blue growth
- World’s first commercial floating offshore wind farm performing well in initial months
- Interview with expert on new phenomenon of “annihilation trawling”, non-targeted bottom trawling
- UK releases new report on future trends, challenges, and opportunities from the sea
- Ocean Atlas provides short summaries and good graphics of major threats to ocean ecosystems
- Expert input on cumulative impact tools for MSP summarized
- New online mini-course provides overview and case studies of coastal social science
- Ecosystem approach to aquaculture and its role in blue growth reviewed
- Regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe-Central Asia released
- US NOAA avoids major budget cuts for now
- Interactive tool shares findings and lessons learned from Baltic MSP
- TNC launches updated website of marine planning resources
- New MSP Library and MSP Glossary available
Editor’s Note: From the Archives calls attention to past MEAM articles whose perspectives and insight remain relevant.
Maritime industries deliver 90% of international trade, supply 30% of oil and natural gas, and carry 98% of international communications. Yet despite the vast industrial use of the oceans, ocean planning processes often have relatively little involvement by industry. Read what industry leaders have to say about what ocean planning practitioners should (and should not) do to engage the ocean business community.
A very quick update on Arctic ecosystems
Trump's proposed offshore drilling plan: What does it mean for MPAs and MSP?
Latest News and Resources for Ocean Planners and Managers for the month of March 2018.
By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM. Email: tundiagardy [at] earthlink.net
In a very short time, the story of the Arctic has seemed to morph from a case study in international law that only a policy wonk could love to a sobering story of a dystopian future. As the ice recedes and access to the riches of the pole opens up, Arctic nations are clamoring to secure rights and wield new technologies in shipping and oil and gas exploration and extraction that will promote short term profitability while likely threatening long term sustainability. Environmental conditions, and their rapid rate of change, have turned a laboratory for negotiation and cooperation into the Wild West.