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.
Written by Marie Fischborn, Blue Solutions Initiative
The tenth annual symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in late October/early November, brought together marine researchers and practitioners from almost all the countries of that region, and beyond. Blue Solutions implementing partner IUCN conducted a full-day Special Session titled “Nature Culture Future: Blue solutions and the IUCN Green List in the WIO region to help achieve conservation results for people and nature” as part of the conference.
Participants during the Special Session on Blue Solutions and the IUCN Green List © WIOMSA
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