Written by Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative
On May 7th, 2018, the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day, organized by GIZ and IUCN under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network in the framework of UNFCCC SBSTA 48, took place in the GIZ headquarter in Bonn. Approximately 60 persons participated, including UN negotiators, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and donors working on issues relevant to climate change adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience.
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!
Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative
It is our mission to foster capacity development in the field of coastal and marine management. For that reason, we have just spent 9 days with a diverse group of marine professionals who underwent an intense training program on various elements and skills that constitute a blue trainer. There is one thing we are sure of – what happened in Bali will not stay in Bali!
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.
For this webinar, we will showcase how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making. In adddition to a presentation from Nicola Beaumont of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, two Blue Solutions case studies will be featured: Esther Wolfs, Wolfs Comapny will share details on her solution “Nature’s contribution to the economy” from Bonaire and Samir Rosado, Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute will share his experiences from Belize: “Mapping and valuing ecosystem services for integrated management”.
The webinar will last 75 minutes with extensive time for question and answer with the presenters. Continue reading →
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.
by Christian Neumann, Blue Solutions Coordinator at GRID-Arendal
Together with the Coral Triangle Centre, the Blue Solutions and ValuES projects conducted a training of Trainers on Integrating Ecosystem Services into marine and coastal Development Planning from 15-19 June 2015, in Bali. Bringing together staff from the CTC, the Indonesian Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the Departments of Environment of Kiribati and Fiji and the Fiji Ministry of iTauke Affairs. Participants and trainers shared knowledge on skills of participatory trainings, and the six steps TEEB approach to recognising, demonstrating and capturing ecosystem services values. Learn more about the training here.
In a recent piece Christian Neumann, Linwood Pendleton, Marianne Kettunen and Tundi Agardy share their thoughts on how to overcome the challenge of scientific and non-scientific communities having to find a common language on ecosystem services.
The Nature Conservancy and collaborators, the Blue Solutions project among them, are launching www.OceanWealth.org, a new destination to help quantify the benefits of ocean habitat. The site will take a fresh look at mangroves, reefs, seagrasses and other habitats in terms of jobs, food security, risk reduction, recreational revenue and other quantifiable functions needed by decision-makers. Continue reading →