Written by Marie Fischborn, IUCN, Blue Solutions initiative
Coastal communities have a key role to play in ensuring the conservation of fish stocks and other marine resources, while relying on their sustainable use. Around the world, a vast variety of area-based conservation with strong community engagement exists. Examples are locally-managed marine areas (LMMAs), shared MPA governance and many other setups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.