Global knowledge exchange and capacity development for marine and coastal biodiversity
Marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystems are fundamental for human well-being and provide valuable services. Despite their global significance, these ecosystems are more than ever at risk. The sustainable use and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity is a priority for action under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). To support practitioners and policy makers in improving the management of marine and coastal biodiversity, the Blue Solutions Initiative is partnering with a range of organizations and programmes, including the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the CBD, to facilitate global knowledge exchange and capacity development, and ultimately support the achieving of the marine and coastal Aichi Targets.
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- Capacity development: the Blue Solutions Initiative provides a range of capacity development opportunities. These include trainings on the integration of ecosystem services into marine planning, climate change adaptation in the marine and coastal realm as well as a training course on marine and coastal spatial planning and management. In addition, the Blue Solutions Initiative cooperates with other institutions which offer complementary capacity development courses.
- Global knowledge exchange: an essential component of the Blue Solutions Initiative is to collate, document and share successful approaches, or “solutions”, addressing marine and coastal challenges. These solutions can illustrate a range of topics from marine and coastal spatial planning and management, marine protected areas, ecosystem services, climate change and sustainable finance to fisheries, tourism, marine litter or educational and capacity development measures, and be implemented at different levels (from local to multi-national; from hands-on to policy). The sharing and exchanging of these solutions provides others with examples and lessons learned regarding successful approaches that have worked in given contexts. They can inspire others to adapt and replicate these achievements without “reinventing the wheel”, thereby accelerating action for sustaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems. The Blue Solutions Initiative facilitates exchange around solutions through the marine and coastal solutions portal on the Panorama platform and in face-to-face meetings such as workshops and trainings.
The Blue Solutions Initiative works on several topics relevant in the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources. Learn more about Blue Solution themes
As a global Initiative, Blue Solutions works closely with partner projects of the implementing organizations as well as other organizations all around the globe. Learn more about partner projects and collaborators.