Category Archives: PANORAMA

Blue solutions from and for the Mesoamerican Reef

Blue solutions from and for the Mesoamerican Reef

Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative

In a webinar on September 1, 2017 organized jointly by the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program and Blue Solutions, participants had the opportunity to learn about our solution-ing approach and the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform.

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Small-Scale Fisheries in Focus

Small-Scale Fisheries in Focus

Written by Ronja Schmidt, Blue Solutions Initiative

With a rapidly growing world population, the small-scale fisheries sector is attracting more and more attention from the international community. Small-scale fisheries contribute about half of global fish catches and it is estimated that the sector employs more than 90% of the world’s capture fishers and fish workers.

In the multimedia article ‘Solutions in Focus: Small-scale fisheries – towards an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future’ discover five blue solutions from South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Colombia that address the challenge of improving the socio-economic conditions of small-scale fishing communities while ensuring an environmentally sustainable fisheries management.

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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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Webinar on the Certification of Small-Scale Fisheries

Webinar on the Certification of Small-Scale Fisheries

On July 27, 2017, Blue Solutions and the GIZ sector project “Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture” hosted a webinar on the Certification of small-scale fisheries in developing countries: Opportunities and Challenges. The session is part of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar series.

Please visit the recording.

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Solutions in Focus: community-led MPA management

Solutions in Focus: community-led MPA management

Written by Marie Fischborn, Blue Solutions Initiative

Coastal communities play a key role as stewards of marine resources such as fish stocks. Around the world, numerous forms of community-led or shared governance of marine areas exist.

In the multimedia article ‘Solutions in Focus: Community-led and shared governance of marine protected and conserved areas’, discover five exciting solutions from Madagascar, Indonesia, Micronesia, Comoros and Costa Rica that showcase how communities can take the lead in protecting marine and coastal environments – for the benefit of both nature and people.

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Webinar on scaling up community-led MPA management

Webinar on Scaling up community-led MPA management

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.

The recording of the webinar is available on our Vimeo channel.
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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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Blue Solutions at the Conservation Optimism Summit

Blue Solutions at the Conservation Optimism Summit

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Earth Optimism, an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media, is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability. The initiative cumulated to a series of 27 parallel sister events to celebrate reasons for optimism in conservation on the occasion of Earth Day (22 April). The Conservation Optimism Summit in London (20-22 April), held at the beautiful Dulwich College, was part of this series. Continue reading

PANORAMA webinar: Making marine ecosystem services matter

PANORAMA webinar – Making marine ecosystem services matter

UPDATEThe recording of the webinar and all presentations can now be found on OpenChannels’ website.

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For this webinar, we will showcase how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making. In adddition to a presentation from Nicola Beaumont of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, two Blue Solutions case studies will be featured: Esther Wolfs, Wolfs Comapny will share details on her solution “Nature’s contribution to the economy” from Bonaire and Samir Rosado, Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute will share his experiences from Belize: “Mapping and valuing ecosystem services for integrated management”.

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Scaling ICT – empowering small-scale fisherfolk

Scaling ICT – empowering small-scale fisherfolk

More than 90 participants from 24 African countries came together in Zanzibar last May for the Regional Blue Solutions Forum. One of them was Dr Serge Raemaekers from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Serge travelled to Tanzania with a solution in his bag: Abalobi – an app suite that, inter alia, allows artisanal fishers to capture their data, providing an overview of their expenses and income and eventually supporting social justice and poverty alleviation.

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