Blue Solutions side event CBD COP 12

Blue Solutions side event at the CBD COP 12

Learning from experiences world-wide

At the Blue Solutions side event on 16th October 2014 at the 12th Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties (CBD COP 12), GIZ, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and RARE shared their approaches to highlighting successes and sharing what worked.

Ilona Porsché from GIZ and Nigel Dudley representing IUCN introduced the Blue Solutions´ Approach to support inter-sectorial knowledge transfer and mutual learning: The core idea is not to keep reinventing the wheel but to learn from each other´s successes related to conservation and a sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources. Effective approaches are described as “solutions” in the context where they have been implemented, and the elements that have contributed to the solution´s success are described as “building blocks”. These building blocks can inspire others on what may work in their own context.

The Inspiring Protected Areas Solutions (IPAS) Panorama is an internet platform applying the same logic of solutions and building blocks in an effort to collate case studies that showcase how protected areas provide solutions to some of the world’s challenges. The IPAS Panorama allows practitioners to share stories and to learn from each other.

Kate Mannle from RARE presented the Conservation Bright Spots initiative. Around the world bright spots of hope exist — sometimes in the least expected places carried out by the most unassuming people. Rare seeks out proven, locally-led conservation solutions that benefit people and nature and helps to tailor solutions to the needs of local communities. Through this “solutionology” it is possible to find out what works and to repeat it. During the side event it was explained and discussed how the different approaches to sharing and applying solutions complement one another.

Laura Whitford from The Nature Conservancy described the recently launched Women Leaders’ Forum (WLF) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF). The WLF is intended to increase women’s engagement in decision making processes in the Coral Triangle, by acting as a peer-learning network, building women’s capacity and leadership skills, while also recognizing their achievements in the type of integrated conservation and development work taking place in the Coral Triangle. Ultimately, the WLF hopes to support the CTI-CFF to integrate gender principles into its overarching objectives and activities. It was established using lessons and building blocks from a range of other successful initiatives, including those that demonstrate the increased effectiveness and equitability of conservation and development programs that engage women, as well as the impact of learning networks and leadership development efforts.