Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Commission Meeting This presentation will highlight the importance of marine protected areas as management tools to support conservation, socio-economic activities, and coastal/ecosystem resilience. Guest speakers include Dr. Charlie Wahle, Dr. Gonzalo Cid, and Dr. Martha Honey. This evening presentation is free and open to the public. Please follow signs to Moore Auditorium, on the Institute campus. . Dr. Charlie Wahle serves as Senior Scientist in NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center. He is a marine ecologist now working at the science to policy interface of ocean conservation. Recently, this work has focused largely on understanding patterns and implications of human uses of the oceans, particularly ocean recreation in marine protected areas. Between 2010-2012, he served on a detail to help create and implement the US National Ocean Policy. Before joining the MPA Center in 2000, Charlie led NOAA’s national science, education and policy programs for the National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves programs, and represented NOAA and DOC on several major interagency conservation initiatives. In a prior incarnation, Charlie directed Lehigh University’s Stone Harbor Marine Laboratory on the New Jersey shore . Dr. Gonzalo Cid serves as coordinator for international activities in NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center at the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Previously, he served as program coordinator for the Office of International Affairs of NOAA-National Ocean Service. Gonzalo has worked for NOAA since 2002 on international issues concerning marine protected areas (MPAs), land-based marine pollution, marine spatial planning, capacity building, bilateral partnerships, and multilateral environmental/marine agreements. A native of Chile, Gonzalo holds a BS and MS degrees in marine biology and oceanography from the University of Concepcion and a PhD in marine policy and coastal management from the University of Delaware. Before joining NOAA, he worked as academic research assistant, and coordinator for UN-based projects. . Dr. Martha Honey is co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), which is headquartered in Washington, DC. Over the last two decades, she has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, Travelers’ Philanthropy, cruise and resort tourism, and certification issues. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1999 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She is currently writing a book on coastal and cruise tourism (Selling Sunshine, Island Press, 2015). Previously, Martha worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa and Central America. She holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003 to 2006. Martha was profiled in Branded!, Michael Conroy’s book on certification (New Society Publishers, 2007) and was named one of world’s top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel “watchdogs” (CondeNast Traveler, 2008).
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