Managing Protected Areas in a Changing Ocean

A Lenfest scoping series

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Managing Protected Areas in a Changing Ocean
Sunbeams penetrate the kelp forest canopy with fishes swimming throughout the underwater forest
Sunbeams penetrate the kelp forest canopy with fishes swimming throughout the underwater forest
Jon Anderson Flickr Creative Commons

Climate variability and change are already affecting ocean and coastal ecosystems worldwide. While protected areas can be an effective tool in fostering conservation and recovery from human-caused stressors, there is little information about how the management of protected areas, along with other related approaches, should consider climate change in decisions. Moreover, because climate impacts and adaptation strategies are context-specific, research should be designed with input from local managers and potential users.

The Lenfest Ocean Program is interested in supporting research projects that fill knowledge gaps and demonstrate how to incorporate a climate lens into protected area management. We are holding a series of virtual conversations to learn from people with diverse experiences on this topic to articulate the key management and practitioner challenges as well as the associated research needs. We anticipate that these conversations will help us shape future funding opportunities.

These events will be highly participatory – come prepared to engage! There will be duplicates of each session that will be held at various times in order to accommodate people in different time zones. Please choose the one that works best for you and register below:

For questions, please contact Sarah Close, Lenfest Ocean Program, at [email protected]