Written by Marie Fischborn and Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative
The Blue Solutions Initiative participated at the Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) that took place under the theme Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together from September 4 to 8, 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo (Chile). Over 800 attendants from conservation institutions, government agencies, academic and research institutions and civil society participated in the event and discussed many different aspects of how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are essential tools for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.
Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) will be an important milestone dealing with marine conservation before reaching the 2020 deadline for the Aichi Targets. The congress will take place from September 4 to 8, 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo (Chile). With the motto Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together, it intends to highlight the intricate nature of ocean-human relationship and the benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs) and the ocean for many people who depend on their ecosystem services.
The Blue Solutions Initiative looks forward to participating in and contributing to the congress. We will be present at the IUCN Ocean Pavilion and will host two knowledge cafés and two workshops. Our events will focus on solution-oriented approaches to MPA management and will feature successful real-life examples from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform.
UN Headquartes in New York City © J Korting
Written by Janina Korting, Blue Solutions Initiative
Blue Solutions attended the high-level UN Ocean Conference to support the implementation of SDG 14 in June 2017 and (co-)organized several sessions (see the Debriefing post for an overview).
One of the events was the Blue Solutions Market Place – a side event that took place in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN on Ocean Day, Thursday, 8 June. The 90min session was opened by Nicola Breier, Head of Division “Marine Biodiversity” at the German Environment Ministry and provided an opportunity to get a first glimpse at this approach of exchanging experiences and supporting their re-use across regions.
Written by Janina Korting and Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative
The high-level UN Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) was held from 5 – 9 June at UN Headquarters in New York. Co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, nearly 4,000 participants from governments, the UN system, intergovernmental organizations, financial institutions, civil society, academic and research institutions, indigenous peoples and local communities, and the private sector attended the 5-day event. As a result, the conference produced three outcomes: an intergovernmentally agreed Call for Action, a registry of 1370 voluntary commitments (as of 14 June 2017) and key messages from the seven partnership dialogues.
Blue Solutions was happy to take part in this milestone event towards sustainable ocean management and grateful for the opportunity to (co-)organize several sessions: in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, everything was dedicated to life under water for one week. Continue reading
Written by Ronja Schmidt, Blue Solutions Initiative
2017 is hoped to be a game changer for the ocean. For the first time, the United Nations will hold a conference, co-hosted by the governments of Fiji and Sweden, dedicated to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
The Blue Solutions Initiative is looking forward to contributing to this important Event. Join us on Twitter and Facebook and follow the conference.
Our activities at a glance:
- Blue Solutions Corner – 5 to 9 June 2017
- Side Event: Capacity Development Solutions for Managing, Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems – 7 June 2017, 9.00 AM to 10.30 AM
- Side Event: Capacity Development for Sustainable Ocean Governance. Lessons Learned from Academia, Policy and Practice – 8 June 2017, 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM, register for the event
- Side Event: Blue Solutions Marketplace – 8 June 2017, 1.15 PM to 2.45 PM, register for the Event
Blue Solutions Events at the UN Ocean Conference
© Blue Solutions / Janina Korting
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.
Dr. Elsa Nickel (Director General BMUB) opening the event. © Sonia Gautreau
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).