Category Archives: PANORAMA

Blue Solutions at the UNFCCC COP23

Blue Solutions at the UNFCCC COP23

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in the German city of Bonn from 6 to 18 November 2017. Under the presidency of the Republic of Fiji – a large ocean state that is already heavily affected by the impacts of climate change – the role of the ocean was very relevant in many of the negotiations. Events that highlighted this focus were the launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership and the Oceans Action Day of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action on 11 November.

The Blue Solutions Initiative was involved in several side events around COP23 that dealt with the integration of the ocean into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), focal points in marine research in Germany and global knowledge exchange of solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Promoting success in marine protected and conserved areas of the Western Indian Ocean

Promoting success in marine protected and conserved areas of the Western Indian Ocean

Written by Marie Fischborn, Blue Solutions Initiative

The tenth annual symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in late October/early November, brought together marine researchers and practitioners from almost all the countries of that region, and beyond. Blue Solutions implementing partner IUCN conducted a full-day Special Session titled “Nature Culture Future: Blue solutions and the IUCN Green List in the WIO region to help achieve conservation results for people and nature” as part of the conference.

Participants during the Special Session on Blue Solutions and the IUCN Green List © WIOMSA

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Focus on conservation finance – test training in Frankfurt

Focus on conservation finance – test training in Frankfurt

Written by Pia Wiesner, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Blue Solutions Initiative is currently designing a training course on conservation finance in cooperation with the Conservation Strategy Fund. From October 11 to 12, 2017, a test run of the newly developed course took place in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants from Freshfields, GIZ, GRID-Arendal and IUCN – among them experts in conservation finance and planning – learned about different mechanisms to finance biodiversity management activities. They discussed these mechanisms based on exercises and provided useful feedback, which will be reflected in an adapted version of the training course.

Participants and trainers of the conservation finance test training © Conservation Strategy Fund / Niki Gribi

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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.

© SmartFish

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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.

© PANORAMA

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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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