Author Archives: Pia Wiesner

Marine Spatial Planning video in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Burmese and Vietnamese

Marine Spatial Planning video in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Burmese and Vietnamese

The video “Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) – in a nutshell” is now available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Burmese. It explains MSP simply and dynamically and is suitable for everyone: from local communities to planners and policy-makers.

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Blue Planning in Practice: a Brazilian trip to Bakul!

Blue Planning in Practice: a Brazilian trip to Bakul!

Written by Jan Kleine Büning, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Blue Solutions Initiative and the Brazilian Navy jointly convened a training on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) from 20-24 November 2017 near Rio de Janeiro. Representatives of the federal inter-ministerial working group on MSP participated in the course and jointly discussed potential pathways for integrated marine and coastal policies in the country.

© Tiago Gandra

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Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

The 2017 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) focused on “Greening the Ocean Economy” from November 21-22 in Paris, France. The event was part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week (November 20-24,  2017). Two providers of solutions from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform were involved in the discussions on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and sustainable tourism.

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Blue Solutions at the UNFCCC COP23

Blue Solutions at the UNFCCC COP23

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in the German city of Bonn from 6 to 18 November 2017. Under the presidency of the Republic of Fiji – a large ocean state that is already heavily affected by the impacts of climate change – the role of the ocean was very relevant in many of the negotiations. Events that highlighted this focus were the launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership and the Oceans Action Day of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action on 11 November.

The Blue Solutions Initiative was involved in several side events around COP23 that dealt with the integration of the ocean into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), focal points in marine research in Germany and global knowledge exchange of solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Promoting success in marine protected and conserved areas of the Western Indian Ocean

Promoting success in marine protected and conserved areas of the Western Indian Ocean

Written by Marie Fischborn, Blue Solutions Initiative

The tenth annual symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in late October/early November, brought together marine researchers and practitioners from almost all the countries of that region, and beyond. Blue Solutions implementing partner IUCN conducted a full-day Special Session titled “Nature Culture Future: Blue solutions and the IUCN Green List in the WIO region to help achieve conservation results for people and nature” as part of the conference.

Participants during the Special Session on Blue Solutions and the IUCN Green List © WIOMSA

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Focus on conservation finance – test training in Frankfurt

Focus on conservation finance – test training in Frankfurt

Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Blue Solutions Initiative is currently designing a training course on conservation finance in cooperation with the Conservation Strategy Fund. From October 11 to 12, 2017, a test run of the newly developed course took place in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants from Freshfields, GIZ, GRID-Arendal and IUCN – among them experts in conservation finance and planning – learned about different mechanisms to finance biodiversity management activities. They discussed these mechanisms based on exercises and provided useful feedback, which will be reflected in an adapted version of the training course.

Participants and trainers of the conservation finance test training © Conservation Strategy Fund / Niki Gribi

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Training on Marine Spatial Planning in the Benguela Current region

Training on Marine Spatial Planning in the Benguela Current region

The Blue Solutions Initiative continues the successful cooperation with the MARISMA project in the Benguela Current region: after jointly developing the introductory video on Marine Spatial Planning  (MSP), the two projects have now convened a Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) training on MSP. From 16 to 20 October  2017, 20 practitioners, academics and regional capacity development organization representatives from Angola, Namibia and South Africa participated in the BPiP training in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

© GIZ

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Blue solutions from and for the Mesoamerican Reef

Blue solutions from and for the Mesoamerican Reef

Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative

In a webinar on September 1, 2017 organized jointly by the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program and Blue Solutions, participants had the opportunity to learn about our solution-ing approach and the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform.

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Blue Solutions at IMPAC4

Blue Solutions at IMPAC4

Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) will be an important milestone dealing with marine conservation before reaching the 2020 deadline for the Aichi Targets. The congress will take place from September 4 to 8, 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo (Chile). With the motto Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together, it intends to highlight the intricate nature of ocean-human relationship and the benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs) and the ocean for many people who depend on their ecosystem services.

The Blue Solutions Initiative looks forward to participating in and contributing to the congress. We will be present at the IUCN Ocean Pavilion and will host two knowledge cafés and two workshops. Our events will focus on solution-oriented approaches to MPA management and will feature successful real-life examples from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform.

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Small-Scale Fisheries in Focus

Small-Scale Fisheries in Focus

Written by Ronja Schmidt, Blue Solutions Initiative

With a rapidly growing world population, the small-scale fisheries sector is attracting more and more attention from the international community. Small-scale fisheries contribute about half of global fish catches and it is estimated that the sector employs more than 90% of the world’s capture fishers and fish workers.

In the multimedia article ‘Solutions in Focus: Small-scale fisheries – towards an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future’ discover five blue solutions from South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Colombia that address the challenge of improving the socio-economic conditions of small-scale fishing communities while ensuring an environmentally sustainable fisheries management.

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