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.
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).
Under the title “The Future We Want” a photo exhibition, organized by Green Cross, presents inspiring photos from examples of solutions for a sustainable future from around the globe. In total, 40 images are displayed from the 10th until the 31st October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Next the exhibition will travel to Marrakesh for the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC.
Blue Solutions goes Social Media
You can now follow the Blue Solutions Initiative on Twitter and Facebook. These accounts will be an additional platform to spread innovative concepts and practical approaches that inspire and facilitate action towards healthy and productive marine and coastal ecosystems.
The team of Blue Solutions Initiative is looking forward to having many followers and contributors and to maintain a lively exchange!
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
Tackling marine pollution in the Caribbean
Within GLOBAL IDEAS, Deutsche Welle (DW) profiles biodiversity projects that are “best practice” models that inspire and fascinate. The focus is on developing and emerging countries. GLOBAL IDEAS is supported by the German environment ministry within the framework of its International Climate Initiative.
This week, Deutsche Welle started airing a 7-minute film on the Blue Solutions project “The Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions Programm (CATS)”. CATS deals with both the adaptation of farming methods in Caribbean countries to climate change and the protection of marine and coastal systems.
Blue Solutions film now online[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8pTi0E7nTM”]
This Blue Solutions project film is a visual introduction to the importance of and threats to coastal and marine ecosystems. Please feel free to use it to raise awareness! A 40sec teaser is also avilable upon demand.