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.
Guided by a trainer team, the participants went through a diverse program of casework on the different elements of a Marine Planning Process, including information gathering or role-plays that simulated negotiation processes between different stakeholders and the challenge to convince key political players for their support in the planning process.
Key to the training were several reflection and “bringing it home” sessions. The group had a chance to reflect on how learnings are relevant to each of the participants’ background, their institutions and the national Brazilian MSP process. The discussions were very rich since the participants represented different Ministries, such as Defence, Mining, Fisheries, Tourism, Environment, as well as academia and the Brazilian Navy.
It was inspiring to see such a motivated and dedicated group of people exchanging experiences and working together across sectoral frameworks and mind-sets.
The training was complemented by inputs on real life experiences of MSP and lessons learnt in other countries, and an excursion that shed a light on conflicting and overlapping uses in the Bay of Sepetiba in the surroundings of the workshop venue.
We would like to thank the Brazilian Navy and the participants for the trustworthy collaboration, the fantastic workshop and the fun we had during this endeavour!