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. Continue reading
by Maria Potouroglou, GRID-Arendal
The sea! The sea! The open sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
From “The Sea” written by Barry Cornwall
“The Ocean and Us” was published in late 2016, with Blue Solutions implementing partner GRID-Arendal serving as chief editor. This publication brings together partners who share their knowledge and expertise on how healthy marine and coastal ecosystems support the achievement of the UN SDGs.
During CBD COP-13 in Cancún/Mexico, Blue Solutions and the Sustainable Ocean Initiative of the CBD Secretariat jointly convened the Sustainable Ocean Night. Two hundred delegates of Parties to the Convention and marine experts came together to celebrate successes, share inspiring approaches and solutions for conserving and sustainably using healthy marine and coastal ecosystems.
It’s getting crowded on the oceans! Fisheries, tourism, shipping, mining and energy generation are all competing for space in the marine and coastal environments, where rich and productive ecosystems and iconic species are already under pressure.
How can we bring together different management actions and goals? How can we support the effective and equitable use of space in the oceans? How can conservation and sustainable development go hand in hand? These were key questions a side event at CBD COP-13 in Cancún/Mexico looked at. The event was jointly organized by Blue Solutions and the Mami Wata Project looked at both funded by the German Environment Ministry (BMUB).
In close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) and the Sargasso Sea Commission (SSC), the Blue Solutions Initiative has developed a brochure on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs). This brochure provides background information on EBSAs, which have been described through a series of regional workshops convened by the CBD Secretariat. It also sheds light on how EBSA information can be used to advance research, conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity, and sustainable use of marine resources.
Blue Solutions Forum in Africa: Towards the creation of the first Marine Protected Area in Ivory Coast
by José Gómez Peñate, CEM & Pishum Migraine
Good news for marine turtles and their habitats.
The blue solution “Conservation of marine turtles and improved human well-being” from Ivory Coast was one of the 28 projects presented at the “Regional Forum on solutions for oceans, coasts and human well-being in Africa” organized last spring by the Blue Solutions Initiative in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The following story illustrates the relevance of regional events of this kind to foster new partnerships and enable practitioners to move forward in addressing marine and coastal challenges.
Ivory Coast has no less than 240 officially recognized protected areas, ranging from Classified Forests to National Parks, through to World Heritage Sites and Reserves. Yet until now, no Marine Protected Area (MPA) has ever been declared in the country, suggesting that serious obstacles were opposing the creation of MPAs. For this reason, José Gómez Peñate, marine turtle conservation project manager at the NGO “Conservation of Marine Species” (CEM), had never been seriously considering this form of protection as a potential conservation tool for the implementation area of his project, in the south west of Ivory Coast. But that was before he participated in the Blue Solutions Forum last June.
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by Peggy Turk Boyer, Tonatiuh Carrillo, Silvia Yee, Sonia Gautreau
With a view to promote a local example of coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) and provide important lessons from this process on the global stage, the Blue Solutions Initiative is glad to support a CMSP initiative in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico, in collaboration with the BioMar Program, GIZ. The project is being led by the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), based in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.
Tackling marine pollution in the Caribbean
Within GLOBAL IDEAS, Deutsche Welle (DW) profiles biodiversity projects that are “best practice” models that inspire and fascinate. The focus is on developing and emerging countries. GLOBAL IDEAS is supported by the German environment ministry within the framework of its International Climate Initiative.
This week, Deutsche Welle started airing a 7-minute film on the Blue Solutions project “The Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions Programm (CATS)”. CATS deals with both the adaptation of farming methods in Caribbean countries to climate change and the protection of marine and coastal systems.
Policy makers and experts from 9 countries gathered in San José, discussing effective measures to conserve biodiversity and marine ecosystems
San José / Hamburg / Eschborn, 20 September 2013: The Mesoamerican region holds enormous biological treasures in terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. Yet, the UN has warned that the region could lose 33 percent of its biodiversity by 2050 due to environmental pressures and climate change. To address the inherent challenges in safeguarding biodiversity and the valuable ecosystem services arising from ecosystems, joint action and commitment on all levels is needed.