Summer Rewind Series Part 1: "A Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool"

Webinar Date: 
July 30, 2019

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This webinar revisited the 2017 webinar which presented the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool. The tool was designed in a collaborative process with EcoAdapt, The Greater Farallones Association, CEC and North American marine protected area managers and scientists. The tool helps marine protected area managers evaluate the implications of climate change for the habitats of their sites. It is available in English, Spanish and French, and has three parts (a user guide, a set of blank worksheets, and a booklet containing sample completed worksheets), which used together allow marine protected area managers to conduct a rapid vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development process. The webinar explained why the Rapid Vulnerability Assessment tool was created, an overview of the tool, and applications of it. Also, Eric Mielbrecht from EcoAdapt shared an exclusive update on the continuing relevance of the tool in 2019 and the new Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas. 



Eric Mielbrecht, EcoAdapt

Eric Mielbrecht, Directing Scientist and Director of Operations, is an EcoAdapt co-founder and specializes in assessing anthropogenic stresses and the risks they pose in natural and built environments. He is particularly interested in bridging gaps between research, decision-making processes and action – all with strong stakeholder involvement. Eric also wears the operations director hat at EcoAdapt and helps with ‘the work that needs to get done to get the work done.’ However, he is occasionally let out of the office and plays a key role in climate change vulnerability assessment processes, stakeholder workshop facilitation, and doing other helpful things. 


This webinar also features presenters from 2017: 

Carol Bernthal, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Lara J. Hansen, EcoAdapt 

Lucie Robidoux, Commission for Environmental Cooperation


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