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Scaling ICT – empowering small-scale fisherfolk

Scaling ICT – empowering small-scale fisherfolk

More than 90 participants from 24 African countries came together in Zanzibar last May for the Regional Blue Solutions Forum. One of them was Dr Serge Raemaekers from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Serge travelled to Tanzania with a solution in his bag: Abalobi – an app suite that, inter alia, allows artisanal fishers to capture their data, providing an overview of their expenses and income and eventually supporting social justice and poverty alleviation.

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Publication – Blue Solutions from Africa

New publication – Blue Solutions from Africa

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This publication is a result of Blue Solutions’ third Regional Forum for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Africa held in spring 2016. It compiles 32 blue solutions from Africa, most of which were presented during the event. The solutions summarised in this publication focus on topics such as marine protected areas, sustainable tourism, sustainable fisheries, sustainable livelihoods, conservation of resources and biodiversity as well as mitigation of the effects of climate change. It is an inspiring guide through Africa’s activities and projects towards the protection and integrated, sustainable management of it‘s valuable and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems.

Find the PDF version including links to further solution details publsihed on the PANORAMA website here.

Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Zanzibar – a platform to build new partnerships

Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Zanzibar – a platform to build new partnerships

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.

© Camille Lecat

© Camille Lecat

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Blue Solutions Forum in Africa: Towards the creation of the first Marine Protected Area in Ivory Coast?

Blue Solutions Forum in Africa: Towards the creation of the first Marine Protected Area in Ivory Coast

by José Gómez Peñate, CEM & Pishum Migraine

Baby turtles released by members of the NGO “Marine Species Conservation” (CEM) and watched by tourists on the beach of Mani-Kablaké, south-western Ivory Coast

Baby turtles released by members of the NGO “Marine Species Conservation” (CEM) and watched by tourists on the beach of Mani-Kablaké, south-western Ivory Coast

Good news for marine turtles and their habitats.

The blue solution “Conservation of marine turtles and improved human well-being” from Ivory Coast was one of the 28 projects presented at the “Regional Forum on solutions for oceans, coasts and human well-being in Africa” organized last spring by the Blue Solutions Initiative in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The following story illustrates the relevance of regional events of this kind to foster new partnerships and enable practitioners to move forward in addressing marine and coastal challenges.

Ivory Coast has no less than 240 officially recognized protected areas, ranging from Classified Forests to National Parks, through to World Heritage Sites and Reserves. Yet until now, no Marine Protected Area (MPA) has ever been declared in the country, suggesting that serious obstacles were opposing the creation of MPAs. For this reason, José Gómez Peñate, marine turtle conservation project manager at the NGO “Conservation of Marine Species” (CEM), had never been seriously considering this form of protection as a potential conservation tool for the implementation area of his project, in the south west of Ivory Coast. But that was before he participated in the Blue Solutions Forum last June.

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Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Africa

 Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Africa

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The 4-day “Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Africa“, held from 31 May to 3 June on Zanzibar, gathered more than 100 participants from 24 African countries to share successful examples of sustainable management and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems. The forum, held both in English and in French, was organized by the Blue Solutions Initiative and co-hosted by the Abidjan Convention, the Nairobi Convention, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Continue reading

Blue Solutions Interview Series

Blue Solutions Interview Series

The Blue Solutions Initiative aims to provide a global platform for successful  concepts and practical approaches to ocean and coastal challenges. By looking for existing “Blue Solutions” and good practices, the project has tapped into the extensive knowledge, inspiration and expertise that exists within the global ocean community. To further serve the network of ocean practitioners, experts and solution providers, the Blue Solutions Initiative is now launching its own video interview series.

Miguel Cifuentes from The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica on his solution from GRID-Arendal on Vimeo.

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Publication “Blue Solutions from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean”

Publication “Blue Solutions from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean”

screenshot titleA publication featuring blue solutions from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean has been published. This collection of 50 success stories from the region summarizes solutions presented at the second Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Cancún, Mexico.

The publication introduces the solution-ing approach that focuses on the solutions’ core elements, so-called building blocks, which can be replicated and adapted to address challenges in other sectors, geographies and contexts. The 50 blue solutions of the publication feature good practices from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean and cover technical, scientific as well as policy solutions.

Summary Report Blue Solutions Forum – Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region

Screenshot titelbildSummary Report of Blue Solutions Forum – Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region

More than 100 policy-makers and practitioners from 17 countries in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region exchanged and discussed inspiring coastal and marine solutions in Cancún, Mexico in April this year during the four-day “Regional Forum on Solutions for Ocenas, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region”. The topics discussed included marine spatial planning, ecosystem services, sustainable finance as well as climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

 

Summary Report – ENGLISH (PDF)

Summary Report – SPANISH (PDF)

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Sharing Blue Solutions from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region

Sharing Blue Solutions from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region

The Blue Solutions Initiative recently convened a second Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being. This time it was held in Cancún, Mexico (April 2015) for participants from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region.

Group picture_smallThe Regional Forum was hosted by the Blue Solutions implementing partners GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UNEP, in partnership with the Mexican Environment Ministry (SEMARNAT) and its Protected Natural Areas Commission (CONANP). It was organized in collaboration with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI).

Over two and a half days, more than 100 policy-makers and practitioners from 17 countries in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region exchanged and discussed inspiring coastal and marine solutions relevant to marine spatial planning, ecosystem services, sustainable finance as well as climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Continue reading

Solutioning – Exchange on Blue Solutions, Asia and Pacific

Solutioning – Exchange on Blue Solutions, Asia and Pacific

The Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific took place on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines from 27 – 30 May 2014. More than 100 policy-makers and practitioners from 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific met to exchange experiences on marine and coastal management and governance.

DSC_8262An innovative approach to sharing “solutions” was tested during this forum. Twenty-five “solution providers” shared their approaches and processes broken down into building blocks of successful elements, with an explanation of why and how something worked in the context of their home country. Key themes of the forum were:

  • Local marine area management and governance to integrate development needs and conservation objectives
  • Ecosystem approach to marine and fisheries management to sustain coastal and living marine resources for long-term food security
  • Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change to improve the resilience of our oceanic and coastal societies and ecosystems

DSC_8158Organized by the Blue Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) and the World Future Council with support of the Lighthouse Foundation, this forum was convened in collaboration with the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and hosted in partnership with the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Republic of the Philippines. Continue reading