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Webinar coming up on 27 July, 4:00 pm CET – Certification of small-scale fisheries

Webinar coming up on 27 July, 4:00 pm  CET – Certification of small-scale fisheries

Our next webinar will take place on July 27, 4:00 to 5:30 PM CET and is organized in cooperation with the GIZ Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Project. The session will provide an overview on fisheries certification with a focus on discussing its applicability for small-scale fisheries. Audun Lem, Deputy-Director of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department will give a keynote speech on fisheries certification. Hoyt Peckham will present the SmartFish solution on reducing overfishing and improving the livelihoods of artisanal fishers in Mexico. Camila Zambrano Esguerra, Fondo Acción will highlight the key success factors of the EcoGourmet project, which sensitizes small-scale fishermen as well as consumers about sustainable fisheries.

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Solutions in Focus: Discover the stories behind the webinar

Solutions in Focus: Discover the stories behind the webinar

written by Marie Fischborn

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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 ‘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.

Don’t forget to join our PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar hosted by Blue Solutions on this topic, coming up on 28 June 2017, 9:00pm CET. Register now: http://bit.ly/2slOuoc

Side Event at the UN Ocean Conference – Blue Solutions Market Place

Side Event at the UN Ocean Conference – Blue Solutions Market Place

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Written by Janina Korting, Blue Solutions Initiative

Blue Solutions attended the high-level UN Ocean Conference to support the implementation of SDG 14 in June 2017 and (co-)organized several sessions (see the Debriefing post for an overview).

One of the events was the Blue Solutions Market Place – a side event that took place in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN on Ocean Day, Thursday, 8 June. The 90min session was opened by Nicola Breier, Head of Division “Marine Biodiversity” at the German Environment Ministry and provided an opportunity to get a first glimpse at this approach of exchanging experiences and supporting their re-use across regions.

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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

123 marine and coastal solutions are currently available on the PANORAMA – solutions for a healthy planet platform.

123! This is equal to 123 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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Publication – Blue Solutions from Africa

New publication – Blue Solutions from Africa

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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.

PANORAMA at the CBD COP 13 in Cancún, Mexico

PANORAMA at the CBD COP 13 in Cancún, Mexico

Creating cross-sectoral dialogue, scaling up success stories and expanding a partnership for global knowledge exchange for sustainable development

Blue Solutions hosts the coastal and marine portal of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet online platform and facilitates exchange for the ocean community. Following the launch of the PANORAMA partnership and web platform at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2016, with portals for coastal and marine as well as protected area solutions, PANORAMA is growing and expanding.

The CBD’s 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Cancún, Mexico, PANORAMA featured at different side events, including the official launch of the 3rd thematic portal, which profiles “Ecosystem-based Adaptation Solutions”.

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Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Zanzibar – a platform to build new partnerships

Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Zanzibar – a platform to build new partnerships

Staff from marine conservation social enterprise Blue Ventures joined more than 100 other participants in Zanzibar earlier this year for the Blue Solutions Regional Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Africa. The 4-day event, which took place in June, provided practitioners and policy-makers from across Africa with the opportunity to share experiences (“solutions”) and best practice in marine resources management as well as to discuss synergies and build new partnerships. Three months on, and building in part on relationships established at the Forum, Blue Ventures invited new partners from Zanzibar, Mozambique, Mayotte, Kenya and India to Madagascar to participate in a learning exchange.

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