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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

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

by Maria Potouroglou, GRID-Arendal

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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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New Blue Solutions Training Course – Blue Planning in Practice

New Blue Solutions Training – Blue Planning in Practice

Over the course of one year the Blue Solutions Initiative in cooperation with more than 50 experts and practitioners has developed a new training course on coastal and marine spatial planning. This training course is being designed to enable planners and decision makers to develop and engage in marine and coastal planning and implementation processes in different contexts and settings, at a broad range of scales.

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Test Training on Blue Planning in Practice

Blue Planning in Practice – test training

Blue Planning in Practice 6From 19-21 April 2016, ten marine spatial planning experts from various intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations and 6 countries met in Frankfurt, Germany to test the new training course called “Blue Planning in Practice”.

This course is being designed by the Blue Solutions Initiative to enable planners and decision makers to develop and engage in marine and coastal planning and implementation processes in different contexts and settings, at a broad range of scales. This is a participatory training course that can be used to support a breadth of planning processes in the marine and coastal realm thanks to its modular structure.

The test training is part of a one-year development process of the Blue Planning in Practice training course. During this process a broad range of experts and practitioners from around the world contributed to the conceptualization of the training course, the design of the modular course structure, as well as the training materials based on their own experiences and publications. Continue reading

Blue Solutions at the IOI Training on Regional Ocean Governance

Blue Solutions at the IOI Training on Regional Ocean Governance

At this year’s annual 5-week training course, the International Ocean Institute (IOI) invited early-career scientist and practicioners from the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspain Seas to Malta to learn about and discuss opportunities related to the topic of regional ocean governance.

Blue Solutions was invited to present their approach of sharing and exchanging experiences and had the opportunity to engage with the participants and learn about their success cases (“solutions”) in the region. Continue reading

CCA Training in Grenada

CCA Training in Grenada

groupThe first Blue Solutions training on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal and Marine Areas (Blue CCA) was held in Grenada from 14 – 16 July 2015. The aim of this course was to test the recently developed CCA training material of the Blue Solutions Initiative.

18 expert participants from six Caribbean countries and the USA learned about the step-wise approach of integrating climate change adaptation into development planning (climate proofing) using the fictitious case of Bakul country. Two presentations from local participants on specific adaptation projects complemented the program. Training objectives

Plenty of time was also assigned for reflection and inputs regarding “Blue Solutions” highlighting real experience of what worked well. This helped to digest and relate the training’s case work to the participant’s own work context. Communications strategies were also enthusiastically discussed.

Based on the participant’s suggestions and recommendations, the training material is currently revised and finalised.

Please contact Valeria Bers for further Information.

Training of Trainers on IES

Training of Trainers on IES

by Christian Neumann, Blue Solutions Coordinator at GRID-Arendal

Together with the Coral Triangle Centre, the Blue Solutions and ValuES projects conducted a training of Trainers on Integrating Ecosystem Services into marine and coastal Development Planning from 15-19 June 2015, in Bali. Bringing together staff from the CTC, the Indonesian Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the Departments of Environment of Kiribati and Fiji and the Fiji Ministry of iTauke Affairs. Participants and trainers shared knowledge on skills of participatory trainings, and the six steps TEEB approach to recognising, demonstrating and capturing ecosystem services values. Learn more about the training here.

The Sustainable Oceans Lab

The Sustainable Oceans Lab

Working together to enhance the sustainable management of our marine ecosystems globally

As oceans are the largest ecosystem on our planet, they are ist principal system supporting life on earth. Yet, human activity is destroying the oceans. Impacts range from the collapse of fish stocks and the destruction of habitats to the acidification of oceans, resulting in a declining ability to support life.

How are we to address a challenge as vast as this one?

How can we forge an economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible vision for the use of ocean biodiversity and marine natural resources?

How can actors with divergent interests be brought together to take action that ensures long-term sustainability of the oceans? Continue reading