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
From March 15-17 2017, the 2nd international conference on MSP organized by the European Commission (DG MARE) in cooperation with UNESCO-IOC and took place in Paris. The objectives of the conference were (a) to explore how MSP can be used to address global challenges, (b) to reflect on how to accelerate the processes of MSP worldwide, and (c) to spread knowledge on specific themes and the process itself.
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.
Creating cross-sectoral dialogue, scaling up success stories and expanding a partnership for global knowledge exchange for sustainable development
Blue Solutions hosts the coastal and marine portal of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet online platform and facilitates exchange for the ocean community. Following the launch of the PANORAMA partnership and web platform at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2016, with portals for coastal and marine as well as protected area solutions, PANORAMA is growing and expanding.
The CBD’s 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Cancún, Mexico, PANORAMA featured at different side events, including the official launch of the 3rd thematic portal, which profiles “Ecosystem-based Adaptation Solutions”.
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).
Staff from marine conservation social enterprise Blue Ventures joined more than 100 other participants in Zanzibar earlier this year for the Blue Solutions Regional Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Africa. The 4-day event, which took place in June, provided practitioners and policy-makers from across Africa with the opportunity to share experiences (“solutions”) and best practice in marine resources management as well as to discuss synergies and build new partnerships. Three months on, and building in part on relationships established at the Forum, Blue Ventures invited new partners from Zanzibar, Mozambique, Mayotte, Kenya and India to Madagascar to participate in a learning exchange.
Under the title “The Future We Want” a photo exhibition, organized by Green Cross, presents inspiring photos from examples of solutions for a sustainable future from around the globe. In total, 40 images are displayed from the 10th until the 31st October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Next the exhibition will travel to Marrakesh for the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC.
Events and discussions all around blue solutions took place at the Ocean and Islands Pavilion and other venues throughout the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016. A dedicated Blue Solutions corner at this pavilion served as a meeting point for ocean enthusiasts.
The Panorama – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform was launched, 17 solution providers presented their blue solutions, and discussions around a range of marine and coastal topics were facilitated. Innovative formats were tested such as a live chat with solutions providers from western Africa and Mexico, an interactive presentation of the Blue Solutions training course on climate change adaptation, reflections on solution exchange events, and a dive into the group dynamics of the Sustainable Ocean Lab. Panorama Ambassadors volunteered to scout for solutions to conservation and development challenges during the Congress, and to spread the word about ways in which formats developed by the Panorama partnership on solutions for a healthy planet can support mutual learning.
Read on about impressions of various sessions facilitated by Blue Solutions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress around:
- Launch of Platform: Panorama – Solutions for a Healthy Planet
- Sharing Solutions
- Knowledge Exchange
- Capacity Development
- Empowering Young Marine Change Makers
Living on the coasts of the tropical countries of our planet would be very different without coral reefs. They provide the foundation for fisheries, for tourism, for coastlines that are stable, and thereby the basis for coastal communities’ livelihoods and sometimes national economies.
This was the starting point for the IUCN World Conservation Congress event “Blue Economy: Coral Reefs Matter” on the 4th September, 2016 in the Ocean Pavilion. The event brought together a range of projects, studies and initiatives that highlighted the various facets of why coral reefs are critical to the Blue Economy.