Category Archives: Solutions

ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

From South Africa to Uganda: ABALOBI, a South African app suite for small-scale fishers’ business management, is being introduced to stakeholders in the Nile perch fishery at Lake Victoria to explore Innovative Communication Technologies (ICT) for fisheries solutions during a workshop.

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The Blue Solutions Fair: upscaling success stories across Asia and the Pacific

The Blue Solutions Fair: upscaling success stories across Asia and the Pacific

Elena Rabbow and Janina Korting, Blue Solutions Initiative

Almost 40 participants from 12 different countries within the Asia-Pacific Region gathered in Pattaya, Thailand, where the Blue Solutions Fair took place from 13th to 16th of March. The mission of this 4-day event: to explore sustainable ways to address climate change for resilient coastal communities & healthy marine ecosystems. How? By creating a platform for personal exchange and mutual support to share innovative ideas and positive experiences. The participants of the Blue Solutions Fair were members of (international) non-governmental organizations, governmental institutions on national and local level and private companies. All of them shared the willingness to learn from others and the common goal to think and work solution-oriented. The best conditions for a successful Blue Solutions Fair!

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Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: MSP for the Mediterranean Sea

Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: Maritime Spatial Planning for the Mediterranean Sea

Written by Susanne Altvater, s.Pro

This article has been contributed by Susanne Altvater from S.Pro. She participated in our Blue Solutions training of trainers in Bali last year and gives insights on how she integrates the Blue Planning in Practice training into her work on Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean Sea basin:  

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Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

The 2017 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) focused on “Greening the Ocean Economy” from November 21-22 in Paris, France. The event was part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week (November 20-24,  2017). Two providers of solutions from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform were involved in the discussions on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and sustainable tourism.

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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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Training on Marine Spatial Planning in the Benguela Current region

Training on Marine Spatial Planning in the Benguela Current region

The Blue Solutions Initiative continues the successful cooperation with the MARISMA project in the Benguela Current region: after jointly developing the introductory video on Marine Spatial Planning  (MSP), the two projects have now convened a Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) training on MSP. From 16 to 20 October  2017, 20 practitioners, academics and regional capacity development organization representatives from Angola, Namibia and South Africa participated in the BPiP training in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

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Debriefing: Blue Solutions at IMPAC4

Debriefing: Blue Solutions at IMPAC4

Written by Marie Fischborn and Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Blue Solutions Initiative participated at the Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) that took place under the theme Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together from September 4 to 8, 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo (Chile). Over 800 attendants from conservation institutions, government agencies, academic and research institutions and civil society participated in the event and discussed many different aspects of how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are essential tools for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.

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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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