Category Archives: MSP

Training on Marine Spatial Planning in the Benguela Current region

Training on Marine Spatial Planning in the Benguela Current region

The Blue Solutions Initiative continues the successful cooperation with the MARISMA project in the Benguela Current region: after jointly developing the introductory video on Marine Spatial Planning  (MSP), the two projects have now convened a Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) training on MSP. From 16 to 20 October  2017, 20 practitioners, academics and regional capacity development organization representatives from Angola, Namibia and South Africa participated in the BPiP training in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

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Webinar on the role of data in Marine Spatial Planning

Webinar on the role of data in Marine Spatial Planning

Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative

On August 22, 2017, Blue Solutions hosted the webinar “Do Data or Desires Drive Marine Spatial Planning?” as part of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar series. We were pleased to have Tundi Agardy from Sound Seas and Forest Trends, Jon Day from James Cook University and Michelle Portman from Technion University on board as presenters for this session.

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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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Coastal Marine Spatial Planning in the Gulf of California – an update from CEDO

Coastal Marine Spatial Planning in the Gulf of California – an update from CEDO

By Peggy J. Turk Boyer, Hem Nalini Morzaria Luna, Tonatiuh Carrillo, Elia Polanco, Caroline Downton, Paloma Valdivia, CEDO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the past years, the Blue Solutions Initiative has been supporting the Coastal Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) process in the Northern Gulf of California to promote this local example and share the important lessons from this process (see also here). The project is being led by the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), based in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. This article describes the process that was initiated with small-scale fishers, the economically most important, but probably least organized activity in the region. Continue reading

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) – 2nd International MSP Conference

Marine Spatial Planning – 2nd International MSP Conference

From March 15-17 2017, the 2nd international conference on MSP organized by the European Commission (DG MARE) in cooperation with UNESCO-IOC and took place in Paris. The objectives of the conference were (a) to explore how MSP can be used to address global challenges, (b) to reflect on how to accelerate the processes of MSP worldwide, and (c) to spread knowledge on specific themes and the process itself.

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Motivation flying high in the Blue Planning in Practice Training on the Isle of Vilm

Motivation flying high in the Blue Planning in Practice Training on the Isle of Vilm

  • How do you get a Blue Planning process started?
  • How do you identify and engage stakeholders?
  • What are ways to deal with conflicting marine uses?
  • What are crucial elements in drafting and approving a spatial management plan?

… These were only some of the questions that the participants of our Blue Planning in Practice Training had to tackle at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the beautiful Isle of Vilm in the Baltic Sea in Germany.

Participants and trainers during a short walk. © Carolin Hoffmann

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New Blue Solutions Training Course – Blue Planning in Practice

New Blue Solutions Training – Blue Planning in Practice

Over the course of one year, the Blue Solutions Initiative in cooperation with more than 50 experts and practitioners has developed a new training course on coastal and marine spatial planning. This training course is being designed to enable planners and decision makers to develop and engage in marine and coastal planning and implementation processes in different contexts and settings, at a broad range of scales.

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Marine Spatial Planning in Practice at the IMCC4

Marine Spatial Planning in Practice at the IMCC4

A one-day “Focus Group” was organized by Blue Solutions to discuss practical experiences and advice on marine spatial planning at the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4). A key defining factor of MSP is its attempt to reconcile multiple sectoral development objectives and activities using a spatial approach. MSP initiatives vary in their composition, yet many face similar challenges, particularly during the MSP implementation phase. Attended by 15 practitioners and experts from around the world, this workshop adopted and evidence-driven approach, using practical lessons from existing MSP experiences, to identify enabling factors that underpin MSP implementation in a range of ecological, social and economic contexts.

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Test Training on Blue Planning in Practice

Blue Planning in Practice – test training

Blue Planning in Practice 6From 19-21 April 2016, ten marine spatial planning experts from various intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations and 6 countries met in Frankfurt, Germany to test the new training course called “Blue Planning in Practice”.

This course is being designed by the Blue Solutions Initiative to enable planners and decision makers to develop and engage in marine and coastal planning and implementation processes in different contexts and settings, at a broad range of scales. This is a participatory training course that can be used to support a breadth of planning processes in the marine and coastal realm thanks to its modular structure.

The test training is part of a one-year development process of the Blue Planning in Practice training course. During this process a broad range of experts and practitioners from around the world contributed to the conceptualization of the training course, the design of the modular course structure, as well as the training materials based on their own experiences and publications. Continue reading