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Capacity Building

Capacity development is a key factor for supporting ownership and action in the member states of the Convention on Biological Diversity towards a healthy ocean and prosperous seas that are managed sustainably. The Blue Solutions initiative has therefore developed four modular and highly interactive marine training courses:

  • 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

The training courses worldwide

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.

Voices from participants

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Who can use the material provided at this website?

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


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