Kingston’s Conservancy and Ecosystems Grants

Jan 19

Kingston’s Conservancy and Ecosystems Grants

The Nature Conservancy at the University of Rhode Island announces a small grants program to support scholarly research in collaboration with URI faculty sponsors in ocean and estuarine science and policy. Applicants may request two years of funding (a maximum of $12,000 per year); however, approval for a second year is contingent upon progress and funding availability. This year’s proposition will focus on the following topics: restoration and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and the spatial extent and evaluation of ecosystems services provided by existing and restored marine and coastal habitats. Decisions will be made in February; and funds will be awarded in April. Research proposals can cover any biogeographic extent, from local to global systems. The main focus will be in proposals that provide insights into effective methods for advancing the conservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems in geographies where our region works, including RI and southern New England. The State of Rhode Island has taken a proactive role in preparing for climate change and implementing environmental policies that protect the unique coasts and watershed. However, there are not always the means to cover all of the essential financial obligations and commitments. The Coastal Institute serves as a partner on several initiatives to facilitate their completion when the focus is environmental health and aligns with the mission of the Coastal Institute. Providence, SAVE THE DATE!  Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to the annual WWETT show! The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment &Transport Show is happening on February 17th– 20th at the Indiana Convention Center. Convention Center 100 South Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A. This is the largest annual trade show of its kind, the WWETT Show attracts some 14,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 53 countries. Register now and...

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University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Program

Dec 23

University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Program

The Rhode Island Sea Grant Program is a federal-state-university partnership, based at the University of Rhode Island, which designs and supports research, outreach, and education programs that foster coastal and marine stewardship. The Program focuses its efforts in two core thematic areas: Sustainable Coastal Communities & Ecosystems (SUCCESS) and Sustainable Fisheries. The SUCCESS Extension Program works to assist coastal communities with natural disaster preparedness, to help urban communities manage their coastal resources, and aid in the development of coastal and waterfront smart growth principles. The Sustainable Fisheries Extension Program conducts applied research on fisheries issues, engages stakeholders in fisheries management, and creates a neutral platform for discussing innovative fisheries management ideas. In addition to its Extension efforts, Sea Grant supports adult learning, as well as graduate and undergraduate education opportunities. The Sea Grant Program has also contributed to a major success story in the cod and haddock fisheries. Research sponsored by the two programs led to the development of the Eliminator Trawl—new gear that is extremely effective at reducing bycatch of cod, a fishery that has been overharvested, while allowing the capture of haddock, a recovered fishery. Use of the Eliminator Trawl nets has become widespread, boosting Northeast fishery economics by opening previously closed haddock areas and allowing further recovery of the cod fishery. Coming up in February: the Inner Space Center will open its door to the public to explore the latest deep-sea explorations, including ancient shipwreck artifacts from previous expeditions, and listen in as scientists make their next discoveries. This 45-minute tour of the Inner Space Center is designed for members of the public. The Inner Space Center is an international hub for ocean science exploration and education. These tours are offered on the first Tuesday of each month.  The cost is $5 per participant.  Space is limited to 20 people and reservations are...

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