Author Archives: Tabitha Stimpfle

‘Powerful, participative and complex’: Participants share their Feedback on the Blue Planning in Practice Training Course

‘Powerful, participative and complex’: Participants share their Feedback on the Blue Planning in Practice Training Course

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle and Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Blue Solutions initiative has developed four modular and highly interactive marine training courses (referred to as Blue Training Courses) which have been implemented in over a dozen countries and world regions in the past four years. All Blue Training Courses are designed for practitioners, technical staff and decision makers responsible for coastal and marine planning and management from different social sectors, such as government, civil society, and aca-demia. Especially the demand for support of marine spatial planning initiatives remains high at the international level, which is why the so-called “Blue Planning in Practice” (BPiP) training course has been inquired and conducted most frequently so far.

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The art of convening Blue Training Courses

The art of convening Blue Training Courses

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle and Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

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After five eventful years, the Blue Solutions project is in its final year of implementation and will come to an end in late 2018. To ensure the long-term availability, implementation and adaptation of the Blue Training Courses*, a workshop dedicated to “The art of convening Blue Training Courses” was conducted in June 2018. The workshop was jointly organized by the Blue Solutions Initiative, the Mami Wata Project, the MARISMA Project and convened in collaboration with the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Continue reading

Moving from pilots to mainstreaming: Blue Solutions at the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day

Moving from pilots to mainstreaming: Blue Solutions at the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

On May 7th, 2018, the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day, organized by GIZ and IUCN under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network in the framework of UNFCCC SBSTA 48, took place in the GIZ headquarter in Bonn. Approximately 60 persons participated, including UN negotiators, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and donors working on issues relevant to climate change adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience.

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Blue Planning in Practice in the Mekong Delta

Blue Planning in Practice in the Mekong Delta

Written by Silke Bommersheim, ICMP (GIZ Vietnam) and Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions

A training on “Blue Planning in Practice” took place in the Mekong Delta from April 11-13, 2018. More than 20 representatives from all 7 coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta as well as representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) and related institutes strengthened their skill set on coastal and marine spatial planning for practitioners. The 3-day training course started with a high-level event on April 10 and took participants to the fictitious coastal country “Bakul”.

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2nd Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies

2nd Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative

From 10-13 April 2018, the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the CBD organized the 2nd Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


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Handing over the “Blue Training Courses”: A Workshop Event

Handing over the “Blue Training Courses”: A Workshop Event

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

After five eventful years, the Blue Solutions project is in its final year of implementa-tion and will come to an end in late 2018. To ensure the long-term availability of our Blue Solutions training courses, we are planning a workshop on “The Art of convening Blue Training Courses”.


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ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

From South Africa to Uganda: ABALOBI, a South African app suite for small-scale fishers’ business management, is being introduced to stakeholders in the Nile perch fishery at Lake Victoria to explore Innovative Communication Technologies (ICT) for fisheries solutions during a workshop.

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Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: MSP for the Mediterranean Sea

Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: Maritime Spatial Planning for the Mediterranean Sea

Written by Susanne Altvater, s.Pro

This article has been contributed by Susanne Altvater from S.Pro. She participated in our Blue Solutions training of trainers in Bali last year and gives insights on how she integrates the Blue Planning in Practice training into her work on Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean Sea basin:  

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Marine Spatial Planning in Bakul – the Latin American way

Marine Spatial Planning in Bakul – the Latin American way

Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

The fictitious country Bakul is the venue and place of learning in our Marine Spatial Planning training courses. Recently, Bakul was visited by another outstanding group of participants with lots of passion for the marine space. Here is what happened:

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Capacity development in the marine context

Capacity development in the marine context: what are the main challenges and how can we approach them?

Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

This was our key question to the audience during the jointly organized side event* “Capacity development for sustainable ocean governance: Lessons learned from academia, policy and practice” during the first UN Ocean Conference in 2017.

Participants from a wide range of organizations discussed the relevance of capacity development for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14 – Life below water) and shared their practical experiences on enhancing capacities for the sustainable management and the use of the ocean and its resources. Many of the participants were practitioners or experts in the field of capacity development themselves and contributed valuable insights according to their own experiences.

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