Earth Optimism, an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media, is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability. The initiative cumulated to a series of 27 parallel sister events to celebrate reasons for optimism in conservation on the occasion of Earth Day (22 April). The Conservation Optimism Summit in London (20-22 April), held at the beautiful Dulwich College, was part of this series.
Blue Solutions had the great opportunity to introduce the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet partnership and two solution providers shared their “blue solutions”. This session, organised jointly with IUCN GPAP, kicked off with an introduction of the initiative and its partnership model, and was enriched by the perspective of Rare (represented by Ariane Steins-Meier, Europe Director for Rare) as a new member of the PANORAMA partnership.
José Ambrocio, a Municipal Councillor from the Philippines, shared his project which is promoted as a solution through the marine and coastal portal of PANORAMA, setting up sustainable fisheries in villages of his region.
Farinoz Daneshpay of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) introduced an innovative solution of collecting old fishing nets and re-purposing them into raw material for carpets in Cameroon.
“The building blocks on the PANORAMA platform are a great way to dissect solutions and make them applicable to other contexts around the world” (workshop participant)
We look forward to continuing to spread optimism about the future of sustainable management in marine and coastal ecosystems!