by Maria Potouroglou, GRID-Arendal
The sea! The sea! The open sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
From “The Sea” written by Barry Cornwall
“The Ocean and Us” was published in late 2016, with Blue Solutions implementing partner GRID-Arendal serving as chief editor. This publication brings together partners who share their knowledge and expertise on how healthy marine and coastal ecosystems support the achievement of the UN SDGs.
© AGEDI/Rob Barnes
During CBD COP-13 in Cancún/Mexico, Blue Solutions and the Sustainable Ocean Initiative of the CBD Secretariat jointly convened the Sustainable Ocean Night. Two hundred delegates of Parties to the Convention and marine experts came together to celebrate successes, share inspiring approaches and solutions for conserving and sustainably using healthy marine and coastal ecosystems.
Dr. Elsa Nickel (Director General BMUB) opening the event. © Sonia Gautreau
This publication is a result of Blue Solutions’ third Regional Forum for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Africa held in spring 2016. It compiles 32 blue solutions from Africa, most of which were presented during the event. The solutions summarised in this publication focus on topics such as marine protected areas, sustainable tourism, sustainable fisheries, sustainable livelihoods, conservation of resources and biodiversity as well as mitigation of the effects of climate change. It is an inspiring guide through Africa’s activities and projects towards the protection and integrated, sustainable management of it‘s valuable and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems.
Find the PDF version including links to further solution details publsihed on the PANORAMA website here.
The Blue Solutions Initiative cordially invites you to two Side Events to be held at the CBD COP-13 in Cancún/Mexico:
In close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) and the Sargasso Sea Commission (SSC), the Blue Solutions Initiative has developed a brochure on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs). This brochure provides background information on EBSAs, which have been described through a series of regional workshops convened by the CBD Secretariat. It also sheds light on how EBSA information can be used to advance research, conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity, and sustainable use of marine resources.
© Jeremy Bishop
Protecting the long-term sustainability of our oceans will depend upon the adoption of effective ocean governance practices and the strengthening of the necessary capacities and institutions. The recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Agenda (2030 Agenda) offers a unique opportunity to advance sustainable ocean governance.
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies´ policy brief “Capacity Development for Oceans, Coasts, and the 2030 Agenda” calls for increased efforts around Capacity Development measures focused on strengthening local and regional capacities and supporting key institutions as they transition to cross-sectoral marine ecosystem-based management (MEBM) and beyond.
Ocean governance case studies will be written up as “blue solutions” to support knowledge transfer on enabling factors, barriers and lessons learnt.
Bringing marine practitioners together to connect around their successful approaches is a key objective of the Blue Solutions Initiative. During our Regional Forums, as well as smaller workshops and events, solutions are being presented, discussed, and their reapplication is debated by marine practitioners.
A handbook is now available, jointly published with IUCN’s Panorama initiative. It summarizes our experiences thus far in planning and conducting such “solutioning” events, providing advice for those interested in integrating the concept into their own knowledge exchange meetings. Continue reading
Houses threatened by flooding in Guinea Bissau. © Pierre Campredon
A new publication, launched by Blue Solutions´ implementing partner IUCN at the UN climate change conference in Paris, highlights African examples of how protected areas can help communities and ecosystems adapting to climate Change.
A publication featuring blue solutions from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean has been published. This collection of 50 success stories from the region summarizes solutions presented at the second Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Cancún, Mexico.
The publication introduces the solution-ing approach that focuses on the solutions’ core elements, so-called building blocks, which can be replicated and adapted to address challenges in other sectors, geographies and contexts. The 50 blue solutions of the publication feature good practices from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean and cover technical, scientific as well as policy solutions.
More than 100 policy-makers and practitioners from 17 countries in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region exchanged and discussed inspiring coastal and marine solutions in Cancún, Mexico in April this year during the four-day “Regional Forum on Solutions for Ocenas, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region”. The topics discussed included marine spatial planning, ecosystem services, sustainable finance as well as climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
Summary Report – ENGLISH (PDF)
Summary Report – SPANISH (PDF)