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
UPDATE – The recording of the webinar and all presentations can now be found on OpenChannels’ website.
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”.
The webinar will last 75 minutes with extensive time for question and answer with the presenters. Continue reading
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Under the title “The Future We Want” a photo exhibition, organized by Green Cross, presents inspiring photos from examples of solutions for a sustainable future from around the globe. In total, 40 images are displayed from the 10th until the 31st October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Next the exhibition will travel to Marrakesh for the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC.
Events and discussions all around blue solutions took place at the Ocean and Islands Pavilion and other venues throughout the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016. A dedicated Blue Solutions corner at this pavilion served as a meeting point for ocean enthusiasts.
The Panorama – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform was launched, 17 solution providers presented their blue solutions, and discussions around a range of marine and coastal topics were facilitated. Innovative formats were tested such as a live chat with solutions providers from western Africa and Mexico, an interactive presentation of the Blue Solutions training course on climate change adaptation, reflections on solution exchange events, and a dive into the group dynamics of the Sustainable Ocean Lab. Panorama Ambassadors volunteered to scout for solutions to conservation and development challenges during the Congress, and to spread the word about ways in which formats developed by the Panorama partnership on solutions for a healthy planet can support mutual learning.
Read on about impressions of various sessions facilitated by Blue Solutions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress around:
- Launch of Platform: Panorama – Solutions for a Healthy Planet
- Sharing Solutions
- Knowledge Exchange
- Capacity Development
- Empowering Young Marine Change Makers
Panorama allows practitioners to share their stories, get recognized for successful work, and learn how others have tackled problems across the globe. Its online platform was launched on 2 and 5 September 2016 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on Hawaii.
If you seek inspiration, concrete lessons your peers learned, helpful contacts and resources, or if you have a successful solution yourself that you think others should know about, please join the community and search or contribute a solution on the platform Panorama – solutions for a healthy planet.
Blue Solutions Forum in Africa: Towards the creation of the first Marine Protected Area in Ivory Coast
by José Gómez Peñate, CEM & Pishum Migraine
Good news for marine turtles and their habitats.
The blue solution “Conservation of marine turtles and improved human well-being” from Ivory Coast was one of the 28 projects presented at the “Regional Forum on solutions for oceans, coasts and human well-being in Africa” organized last spring by the Blue Solutions Initiative in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The following story illustrates the relevance of regional events of this kind to foster new partnerships and enable practitioners to move forward in addressing marine and coastal challenges.
Ivory Coast has no less than 240 officially recognized protected areas, ranging from Classified Forests to National Parks, through to World Heritage Sites and Reserves. Yet until now, no Marine Protected Area (MPA) has ever been declared in the country, suggesting that serious obstacles were opposing the creation of MPAs. For this reason, José Gómez Peñate, marine turtle conservation project manager at the NGO “Conservation of Marine Species” (CEM), had never been seriously considering this form of protection as a potential conservation tool for the implementation area of his project, in the south west of Ivory Coast. But that was before he participated in the Blue Solutions Forum last June.
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