written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions
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!
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
From 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
Representatives from East African countries met in Nosy Be, Madagascar from 18 – 22 January 2016 to discuss the importance and relevance of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in their contexts. The Workshop was convened by the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Government officials presented policies and practices already in place in their countries regarding MSP and related processes such as Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Participants from regional and international initiatives shared aspects of their work that could be useful to East African governments to further their MSP processes, including BEST, Bird Life International, Blue Solutions, CORDIO, French MPA Agency, Nairobi Convention, Ocean Health Index and WIOMSA. Continue reading
From 9-11 September 2015, marine spatial planning experts from 12 countries met in Germany to discuss a concept outline for a new training course. The structure for a participatory, engaging training course that can be used to support planners and decision makers during a breadth of planning processes in the coastal realm through its modular fashion was elaborated jointly. All participants provided highly valuable examples and case studies from their own experiences.
The next step in the development of this course will be the elaboration of training materials based on the revised concept for the course “Blue Planning in Practice”, and a test training in April 2016. The course will be available for open-source use from mid-2016 onwards.
by Peggy Turk Boyer, Tonatiuh Carrillo, Silvia Yee, Sonia Gautreau
Location of the Puerto Peñasco-Puerto Lobos Biological Corridor in Northeastern Gulf of California, Sonora, Mexico.
With a view to promote a local example of coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) and provide important lessons from this process on the global stage, the Blue Solutions Initiative is glad to support a CMSP initiative in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico, in collaboration with the BioMar Program, GIZ. The project is being led by the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), based in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.