Category Archives: Training

Building Capacities for Marine Spatial Planning in Myanmar

Building Capacities for Marine Spatial Planning in Myanmar

Written by Barry Flaming, WCS

During November 27 – December 1, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with the Blue Solutions Initiative, conducted a training on marine spatial planning to 20 representatives of Myanmar’s inter-agency National Coastal Resource Management Committee (NCRMC). The training workshop introduced participants to key blue planning concepts through case studies, presentations, discussions, and participatory exercises.

Participants of training in Myanmar with trainers Britta Heine, Hedley Grantham and Sonia Gautreau
© WCS Myanmar

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Blue Planning in Practice: a Brazilian trip to Bakul!

Blue Planning in Practice: a Brazilian trip to Bakul!

Written by Jan Kleine Büning, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Blue Solutions Initiative and the Brazilian Navy jointly convened a training on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) from 20-24 November 2017 near Rio de Janeiro. Representatives of the federal inter-ministerial working group on MSP participated in the course and jointly discussed potential pathways for integrated marine and coastal policies in the country.

© Tiago Gandra

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Nairobi Convention Workshop at the stunning Seychelles: all eyes on area-based planning!

Nairobi Convention Workshop at the stunning Seychelles: all eyes on area-based planning!

Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

The Nairobi Convention, a multi-institutional partnership dedicated to a prosperous and healthy Western Indian Ocean Region, organized a series of back-to-back meetings dedicated to Marine Spatial Planning, Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction and a number of further marine-related topics. Together with a number of involved institutions (UNEP-WCMC, WIOMSA, IUCN, IOC-UNESCO) Blue Solutions co-organized a workshop on Marine Spatial Planning on 13-15 November 2017.

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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.

© GIZ

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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 Initiative

130 marine and coastal solutions are currently available on the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform.

130! This is equal to 130 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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Passion for oceans and coasts meets trainer skills: Blue training of trainers in Bali

Passion for oceans and coasts meets trainer skills:
Blue training of trainers in Bali

Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

It is our mission to foster capacity development in the field of coastal and marine management. For that reason, we have just spent 9 days with a diverse group of marine professionals who underwent an intense training program on various elements and skills that constitute a blue trainer. There is one thing we are sure of – what happened in Bali will not stay in Bali!

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5 days in Bakul – Ecosystem Services Training for Coral Reef Managers and Practitioners

5 Days in Bakul – Ecosystem Services Training for Coral Reef Managers and Practitioners

Written by Maria Potouroglou, GRID-Arendal

© M Potouroglou, GRID-Arendal

One destination, one goal: To integrate Ecosystem Services into Coastal and Marine Planning in the fictitious country of Bakul.

Organisers: The Nature Conservancy, Reef Resilience Network, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, GRID-Arendal, Blue Solutions

Where: Kona, Hawaii

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Motivation flying high in the Blue Planning in Practice Training on the Isle of Vilm

Motivation flying high in the Blue Planning in Practice Training on the Isle of Vilm

  • How do you get a Blue Planning process started?
  • How do you identify and engage stakeholders?
  • What are ways to deal with conflicting marine uses?
  • What are crucial elements in drafting and approving a spatial management plan?

… These were only some of the questions that the participants of our Blue Planning in Practice Training had to tackle at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the beautiful Isle of Vilm in the Baltic Sea in Germany.

Participants and trainers during a short walk. © Carolin Hoffmann

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