‘There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.’ – Margaret J. Wheatley

Ownership and Leadership for strong and sustainable communities

Capacity development is a key factor in supporting ownership in communities and action in the member states of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Our approach is to strengthen and value leadership and ownership in communities that are dependent on the healthy functioning of oceans and coasts. Vulnerable groups and actors in the marine realm are facing severe challenges due to effects of climate change and an ocean economy that is based on unlimited growth and unjust distribution of natural resources and their services. We aim at a sustainable development which reconciles the conservation of nature with the well-being of communities.

Since the Blue Solutions initiative has launched, our project developed four modular and highly interactive marine training courses which have been held numerous times in multiple partner countries worldwide. Have a look at our milestones from the past below!

Our milestones from the past 

  • Blue Planning in Practice: Enabling ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management
  • Blue IES: Integrating Ecosystem Services into Marine and Coastal Development Planning
  • Blue CCA: Climate Change Adaptation in Marine and Coastal Areas
  • Conservation Finance: Financing Sustainable Management of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity 

                                                               Worldwide training courses

The training courses have been conducted in a number of countries in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia, both at the national and the regional level. More than 20 experienced trainers with different professional, technical and cultural backgrounds are part of the trainer pool and available for delivering the courses.

                                   Going digital: experience Blue Planning in Practice virtually

In this new season, we focus on the Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) course which aims to strengthen practical marine spatial planning and informs stakeholders on how to make coordinated and just decisions to use marine resources sustainably. Blue Planning in Practice builds on decades of practi­cal experiences and learning. It was conceptualized with the guidance of over 30 marine and coastal spatial planning experts from around the world. After its implementation from Blue Solutions, several partner institutions have held the training in their own context – making BPiP a widespread and innovative tool for change.

Whilst the training will be held in person in the future, we are developing a virtual version of BPiP to enable its facilitation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We are excited to digitalize our training and enable an even broader access to stakeholders and interested parties worldwide who can now participate from the comforts of their home. The training will continue to highly value the interaction between participants and enable the exchange of stories and knowledge as this is one of the cornerstones of BPiP.

Stay tuned for more information on the virtualization of Blue Planning in Practice!

Voices from participants:

Who can use the materials provided?

All materials provided on this website are available free of charge. We invite institutions that are engaged in capacity building in the marine context to get in touch for further information on how to integrate the training courses into their own portfolio.


Resources are provided in the subsection of each training and include training factsheets, participant handbooks, a trainer handbook and a cookbook for conveners.