International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Global Ocean Series: Linking LMEs to Local Science and Management for Sustainable Development

20 May - 26 June 2020, Online
These four webinars, taking place on 20 May / 10 June / 11 June/ 26 June, will explore the question of how scaling between local management and large marine ecosystems (LMEs) connects to the UN Decade on Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.

Session 1: Wednesday, 20 May, 8 am to 10 am EDT
Framing the issue:  Kick-off conversation linking Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) to local science and management


  • Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC & Assistant Director, UNESCO
  • Sandra Whitehouse, Ocean Conservancy
  • Ken Sherman, Graduate School Oceanography (GSO), URI
  • Elin Torell, Coastal Resources Center, GSO, URI
  • Barry Gold, Earth Resilience Group
  • J.P. Walsh, Coastal Resources Center, GSO, URI

Session 2: Asia and Pacific Regional Panel and Discussion between LME, national and local projects

Wednesday, 10 June, 9 am to 11 am EDT


  • Nygiel Armada, Chief of Party, USAID Fish Right, URI-CRC, Philippines
  • Yinfeng Guo,  Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea LME
  • Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia
  • Hugh Walton, Chief Technical Advisor and Project Coordinator of the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project II at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
  • Andy Hudson, UN Development Program, session chair
  • Sarah Gaines, CRC, GSO, URI, session facilitator

Session 3: Americas, Africa and Europe Regional Panel and Discussion between LME, national and local projects

Thursday, 11 June 10am to Noon EDT


  • Viviane Kinyaga, Benguela Current LME
  • Laverne Walker, Caribbean LME
  • Dedi Nadje, USAID SFMP, Gulf of Guinea Regional Fisheries Commission, Ghana
  • Ny Aina Andrianarivelo, USAID Hay Tao, URI-CRC, Madagascar
  • Christian Severin, Global Environment Facility, session chair
  • Mish Hamid, UNESCO-IOC, session facilitator

Session 4: Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: A holistic perspective

Friday, 26 June, 9 am to 11 am EDT


  • Nick Napoli, Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
  • Andy Lipsky, Acting Chief of Staff; NE Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
  • Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Exec. Director, Responsible Offshore Science Alliance
  • Jeff Grybowski, Clean Energy Executive and former CEO of Deepwater Wind, developer of America's first offshore wind farm
  • Tatiana Rynearson, Professor, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
  • Jen McCann, Director, U.S. Coastal Programs, CRC, GSO, URI, session chair
  • J.P. Walsh, CRC Director & GSO Professor, URI, session facilitator

Questions: Email Sarah Gaines at
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