The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges

Submission deadline for proposals is 5 February 2021.

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Marine Mammal Commission — Grants to Protect Marine Mammals 2021

Submission deadline for proposals is 15 April 2021.

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Remote Sensing for Mangroves in Support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) has opened registration for a new open, online webinar series and all are welcome.

Course Dates: November 5, 12, 19

Times: 10:00-11:30 & 15:00-16:30 EST (UTC-5);

Understanding mangrove ecosystems and mapping their extent is critical to meeting this goal. Mangroves are critical ecosystems, provide coastal protection from storm surges, maintain our climate, control floods, and stabilize coastlines. Additionally, they serve as nurseries for a number of marine wildlife species.

Attendees will be exposed to the latest tools for mapping mangrove extent in Google Earth Engine and how these observations can be used to report towards SDG quotas.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal:

  • Target 6.6: By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.

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Workshop: The use of Environmental DNA (eDNA) in Marine Environments: Opportunities and Challenges (30 Nov – 03 Dec, online) – deadline 06 Nov 2020

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development offers the potential to engage scientists and managers around the world to resolve these challenges and develop an observational strategy that can answer critical questions for each. Building on the call to action at OceanObs19 for enhancing biodiversity observations as well as the growing number of organisations fostering omics and eDNA development, this meeting will provide an opportunity to envision what a sustainable global omics/eDNA monitoring system could look like and will (i) promote global coordination among the organisations that are fostering eDNA and omics for marine environments, and (ii) coordinate efforts to develop a programme proposal in response to the call for action from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The course is designed for Scientists, engineers and natural resource managers interested in advancing eDNA/omics implementation in marine environments.  Early career practitioners are encouraged to attend and they will be given an active role in the program.

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