Category Archives: Biodiversity

Solutions in Focus: Community-led successes in marine conservation

Solutions in Focus: Community-led successes in marine conservation

Written by Marie Fischborn, IUCN, Blue Solutions initiative

Coastal communities have a key role to play in ensuring the conservation of fish stocks and other marine resources, while relying on their sustainable use. Around the world, a vast variety of area-based conservation with strong community engagement exists. Examples are locally-managed marine areas (LMMAs), shared MPA governance and many other setups.

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Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico

Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico

Written by Peggy Turk-Boyer, Hem Nalini Morzaria-Luna, Tonatiuh Carrillo-Lammens & Volker Koch

Figure 1: Map of the Northern Gulf of California, delimiting the coastal corridor Puerto Peñasco-Punta Lobos and different types of protected areas in the region.

Introduction

The Blue Solutions Initiative has supported the NGO CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans) from 2015-2018 to develop a plan for integrated management of small-scale fisheries in a coastal corridor with six fishing communities in the Northern Gulf of California in Mexico, using the framework of coastal marine spatial planning (Figure 1). The project addresses the need to reduce growing conflicts surrounding the use of this unique ecosystem, by clarifying user rights and achieving a viable and sustainable system for fisheries and ecosystem management. Continue reading

New training on Conservation Finance

New blue training course on conservation finance

This 2 day training course introduces participants to opportunities and approaches for financing marine conservation, enabling factors for the development of conservation finance mechanism, and key steps for their establishment. Continue reading

Solutions in Focus: Blue sustainable finance

Solutions in Focus: Blue sustainable finance

Written by Janina Korting, Blue Solutions Initiative

A new publication of PANORAMA solutions with case studies of financing sustainable marine and coastal management is now published.
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Be a volunteer in Vanuatu!

Be a volunteer in Vanuatu!

You are a passionate marine and coastal conservationist? You want to engage as a volunteer?
The Nguna-Pele Marine and Land Protected Area Network in Vanuatu is looking for you! Take the chance and contribute to the roll-out of an innovative conservation finance program. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from experts in the field of payments for ecosystem services and eco-tourism.
Minimum stay: 3 months.
Are you interested? Please contact Tasaruru Whitely (jelowislandtours@gmail.com) or Christopher Bartlett (christopher.bartlett@giz.de) for more information.

 

The Blue Solutions Fair: upscaling success stories across Asia and the Pacific

The Blue Solutions Fair: upscaling success stories across Asia and the Pacific

Elena Rabbow and Janina Korting, Blue Solutions Initiative

Almost 40 participants from 12 different countries within the Asia-Pacific Region gathered in Pattaya, Thailand, where the Blue Solutions Fair took place from 13th to 16th of March. The mission of this 4-day event: to explore sustainable ways to address climate change for resilient coastal communities & healthy marine ecosystems. How? By creating a platform for personal exchange and mutual support to share innovative ideas and positive experiences. The participants of the Blue Solutions Fair were members of (international) non-governmental organizations, governmental institutions on national and local level and private companies. All of them shared the willingness to learn from others and the common goal to think and work solution-oriented. The best conditions for a successful Blue Solutions Fair!

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Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: MSP for the Mediterranean Sea

Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: Maritime Spatial Planning for the Mediterranean Sea

Written by Susanne Altvater, s.Pro

This article has been contributed by Susanne Altvater from S.Pro. She participated in our Blue Solutions training of trainers in Bali last year and gives insights on how she integrates the Blue Planning in Practice training into her work on Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean Sea basin:  

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Follow-up MSP training workshop in Myanmar

Follow-up Marine Spatial Planning training workshop in Myanmar

Written by Kyaw Thinn Latt, WCS, and Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

As part of the recent MSP roadmap in Myanmar, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Blue Solutions Initiative conducted the first national level MSP training in the end of 2017.

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This first training workshop was very well received and has created a big interest in further training activities within different institutions in Myanmar. A second 2-day Blue Planning in Practice training was already held from 8th to 9th February 2018 at the Central Forestry Development Training Center (CFDTC). 20 Forest Rangers from five coastal regions all over Myanmar participated in the training.

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Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

The 2017 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) focused on “Greening the Ocean Economy” from November 21-22 in Paris, France. The event was part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week (November 20-24,  2017). Two providers of solutions from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform were involved in the discussions on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and sustainable tourism.

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Blue Solutions at the UNFCCC COP23

Blue Solutions at the UNFCCC COP23

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in the German city of Bonn from 6 to 18 November 2017. Under the presidency of the Republic of Fiji – a large ocean state that is already heavily affected by the impacts of climate change – the role of the ocean was very relevant in many of the negotiations. Events that highlighted this focus were the launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership and the Oceans Action Day of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action on 11 November.

The Blue Solutions Initiative was involved in several side events around COP23 that dealt with the integration of the ocean into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), focal points in marine research in Germany and global knowledge exchange of solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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