The 2017 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) focused on “Greening the Ocean Economy” from November 21-22 in Paris, France. The event was part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week (November 20-24, 2017). Two providers of solutions from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform were involved in the discussions on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and sustainable tourism.
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.
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.
On June 28, 2017, Blue Solutions hosted the webinar Scaling up community-led MPA management as part of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar series. It featured great PANORAMA solutions, among them inspiring examples from Madagascar and Indonesia. Blue Ventures and Conservation International presented their case studies for scaling up community-led MPA management and identified its key success factors.
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.
Oceans have so far not been discussed front and centre at UN climate conferences. Nature-based solutions to climate change have been mainly discussed as part of the climate convention (UNFCCC) with a focus on terrestrial and forest ecosystems. But the situation has certainly changed this year. The Ocean’s call for climate and the strong mobilisation of civil society and scientists have given long-awaited prominence to oceans. Marine and coastal ecosystems are the Earth’s first life insurance, the first aid agency: 50% of the global population live near the coasts and on islands; if it wasn’t for the absorption of heat by the ocean, 93% the atmosphere would be about 36°C now; the oceans capture 25% of CO2 each year. Continue reading →
The northern Pacific Ocean is a seemingly endless stretch of water, scattered with thousands of islands and atolls, which average a third of a square mile in size. However, these Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) are also “Large Ocean Countries” – with their combined marine territories covering an area the size of the continental United States. Climate change impacts are immediate – not as something to be expected in a distant future – they are impacting water and food security, migration patterns, economic activities and many other realities of life.
The summer school Marine Protected Areas – Management Challenges took place in Dakar, Senegal, from December 4- 8 2014. The summer school was organized as part of the AWA project (Ecosystem approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West-African waters) by the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), the Thünen Institute (TI), the Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD), the University of Cape Verde, and supported by Blue Solutions.
The meeting brought together 24 participants from Angola, Benin, Cape-Verde Islands, Cameroon, Germany, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo as well as 14 local and international lecturers, to exchange experiences and tools for the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). The five days covered issues such as management and governance models, MPA networks, tools for monitoring and spatial planning and case studies from West African MPAs. Continue reading →