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2nd Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies

2nd Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative

From 10-13 April 2018, the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the CBD organized the 2nd Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


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Handing over the “Blue Training Courses”: A Workshop Event

Handing over the “Blue Training Courses”: A Workshop Event

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

After five eventful years, the Blue Solutions project is in its final year of implementa-tion and will come to an end in late 2018. To ensure the long-term availability of our Blue Solutions training courses, we are planning a workshop on “The Art of convening Blue Training Courses”.


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ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

From South Africa to Uganda: ABALOBI, a South African app suite for small-scale fishers’ business management, is being introduced to stakeholders in the Nile perch fishery at Lake Victoria to explore Innovative Communication Technologies (ICT) for fisheries solutions during a workshop.

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Follow-up MSP training workshop in Myanmar

Follow-up Marine Spatial Planning training workshop in Myanmar

Written by Kyaw Thinn Latt, WCS, and Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

As part of the recent MSP roadmap in Myanmar, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Blue Solutions Initiative conducted the first national level MSP training in the end of 2017.

© WCS Myanmar

This first training workshop was very well received and has created a big interest in further training activities within different institutions in Myanmar. A second 2-day Blue Planning in Practice training was already held from 8th to 9th February 2018 at the Central Forestry Development Training Center (CFDTC). 20 Forest Rangers from five coastal regions all over Myanmar participated in the training.

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Nairobi Convention Workshop at the stunning Seychelles: all eyes on area-based planning!

Nairobi Convention Workshop at the stunning Seychelles: all eyes on area-based planning!

Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Nairobi Convention, a multi-institutional partnership dedicated to a prosperous and healthy Western Indian Ocean Region, organized a series of back-to-back meetings dedicated to Marine Spatial Planning, Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction and a number of further marine-related topics. Together with a number of involved institutions (UNEP-WCMC, WIOMSA, IUCN, IOC-UNESCO) Blue Solutions co-organized a workshop on Marine Spatial Planning on 13-15 November 2017.

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Blue Solutions at the UN Ocean Conference

Blue Solutions at the UN Ocean Conference

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

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From local examples to inspiring role models: this is how we disseminate marine solutions

From local examples to inspiring role models: this is how we disseminate marine solutions

Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

130 marine and coastal solutions are currently available on the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform.

130! This is equal to 130 successful efforts in the marine realm in different countries all around the world, readily available to inspire marine practitioners and communities who might face similar challenges right now in their work and in their daily lives.

This is where the Blue Solutions Initiative steps in, aiming to promote the exchange and dissemination of knowledge that is already out there. But what exactly is our approach?

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Passion for oceans and coasts meets trainer skills: Blue training of trainers in Bali

Passion for oceans and coasts meets trainer skills:
Blue training of trainers in Bali

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!

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Blue Solutions becomes part of Solution Search

Blue Solutions becomes a partner of Rare´s Solution Search

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It’s all about solutions! Rare, as well as Blue Solutions, are looking for approaches that work, thus, it is only natural to partner in the ambition to promote practicioners and their success stories. Rare’s Solution Search is built on innovation and competition theory. What is already working must be surfaced and spotlighted so that practitioners around the world can expand their impact as they replicate proven successes. A contest searching for solutions is designed to do just that.

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The Panorama approach – Solutions and building blocks as a model to structure your project

The Panorama approach – solutions and building blocks as a model to structure your project

Imagine you work in a project on protected area management and want to share your results from 3.5 years of activities towards collaborative management strategies. Mirjam de Koning, GIZ Laos, was in exactly this situation. In the Hin Nam No National Protected Area, located at the Lao-Vietnamese border, GIZ supports a project working on multi-level collaborative governance of this protected area to ensure its effective and equitable management. To capture project results and communicate lessons learned, Mirjam used the solution-ing approach to support an upscaling of the successes made in Laos.

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The participatory governance assessment across several administrative levels is one of the identified building blocks for the management of the Hin Nam No National Protected Area.© Mirjam de Koning

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