blue solutions The Blue Solutions Initiative focuses on developing a global platform to generate and share knowledge, as well as build capacity for sustainable management and equitable governance of our blue planet. Learn More


Global knowledge exchange and capacity development for marine and coastal biodiversity

Blue Solutions is a global project implemented in partnership by GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UN Environment. It is financed by the German Environment Ministry (BMU) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI). 

Marine and coastal ecosystems are fundamental for human well-being and provide a range of valuable services. Unfortunately, these ecosystems are highly at risk. Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems is a priority for action. The Blue Solutions Initiative works on several topics relevant in the conservation and sustainable use of the resources that come with marine and coastal biodiversity. This work is conducted through capacity building and global knowledge exchange in collaboration with partner projects of the implementing organisations as well as other organisations all around the world.


Blue Solutions has collaborated closely with the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the CBD and highlighted the impacts of its trainings and its support in sharing successes in international policy processes such as CBD COPs (e.g. in Mexico, Germany, Republic of Korea), SBSTTAs or in the context of contributing to achieving SDG14.

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The importance of marine and coastal biodiversity

Blue Solutions themes

Capacity building opportunities

Collation, documentation and sharing of successful approaches

Partner projects