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February Webinars

Wednesday, January 22, 2020  
Posted by: Alexis Gibson
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SER is excited to have three webinars scheduled for February 2020. 


The Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity - Relevance and resources to support implementation

February 11, 2020 - 10 am EST

The speaker for this webinar will be Blaise Bodin, consultant for the CBD Secretariat. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), adopted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, is the main global agreement regarding biodiversity, with near-universal membership. Its provisions are implemented at the national level, following 10-year plans and targets to achieve the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature". At their 13th Conference in 2016, the parties to the CBD adopted the Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration (STAPER), a flexible framework of 24 steps for the implementation of ecosystem restoration at the national scale. Last year, in partnership with SER and thanks to the financial support from the Korea Forest Service, the Secretariat of the CBD launched the “STAPER Companion,” a publication and webpage that present a synthesis of knowledge and policy from restoration science in support of the activities of the plan. The Companion also includes a selection of resources and tools that can be useful in the implementation of these activities, presented through SER's Restoration Resource Center. This webinar will provide further detail of the context of restoration under the CBD, an overview of the activities of the STAPER and explain how to access and submit relevant resources on the companion webpage for each of these activities. 


Prairie Reconstruction: Seed Mix Design and First Year Management

February 18, 2020 - 12:00 PM EST

The speaker for this webinar will be Dr. Justin Meissen with the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Dr. Meissen's talk will focus on research into the ways that seed mix diversity and first year management actions impact three ecosystem services commonly provided by tallgrass prairie reconstructions (erosion control, weed resistance, and pollinator resources).


Why Get Certified? Learn the Benefits from the Perspective of CERPs and CERPITs

February 25, 2020 - 1 PM EST

Why get certified?  How will it benefit you?  Current certified ecological restoration practitioners Nick Wildman, Paul Davis, Meghan Fellows, and Keith MacCallum will join SER's Certification Program Coordinator, Jen Lyndall, to talk about why they decided to get certified and what the benefits of certification are.