Category Archives: Workshop

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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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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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

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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Blue Solutions at the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress

Blue Solutions at the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress

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Scientist, civil society, international organizations – people dedicated to the sustainable management and conservation of our ocean from many backgrounds got together in St John’s, Newfoundland to exchange and discuss new research results and political developments. Continue reading

Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Africa

 Regional Blue Solutions Forum in Africa

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The 4-day “Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Africa“, held from 31 May to 3 June on Zanzibar, gathered more than 100 participants from 24 African countries to share successful examples of sustainable management and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems. The forum, held both in English and in French, was organized by the Blue Solutions Initiative and co-hosted by the Abidjan Convention, the Nairobi Convention, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Continue reading

The 2016 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop

The 2016 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop

On 12-13 May, the 3rd Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop was held at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. The event gathered over fifty international ocean experts and representatives from governments, international organisations, research institutes and civil society organisations to think creatively about the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and ocean governance. Discussions focussed particularly on innovative approaches to the implementation of SDG 14 and the importance of healthy oceans to work towards all SDG. Participants also voiced their preference to refer to this SDG as “Life in Harmony with Water” rather than “Life Below Water” to better include the human dimension.

Blue Solutions was represented at the workshop by the implementing partners GIZ, GRID-Arendal and UNEP, and it was suggested to arrange for an exchange around ocean governance solutions at the upcoming UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 in New York, 5-9 June 2017.

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IOM Note: “Integrated Oceans Management” – Bringing together Sectors and Stakeholders, for healthy Ocean and Sustainable Development”

IOM Note: “Integrated Oceans Management” – Bringing together Sectors and Stakeholders, for healthy Ocean and Sustainable Development”

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The sustainable management of marine ecosystems involves a multitude of stakeholders, across various sectors. The vastness of the ocean and the potentially diverging interests of stakeholders involved – including different government departments, the private business sector and civil society – are not necessarily reflected in ‘traditional’, sector-based regulation and management mechanisms. This poses a challenge to an efficient use of ocean resources, and the conservation of its ecological integrity and functioning.

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CBD-SOI Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning

CBD – SOI Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning

Representatives from East African countries met in Nosy Be, Madagascar from 18 – 22 January 2016 to discuss the importance and relevance of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in their contexts. The Workshop was convened by the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Conference room CBD-SOI MSP WS MadagascarGovernment officials presented policies and practices already in place in their countries regarding MSP and related processes such as Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Participants from regional and international initiatives shared aspects of their work that could be useful to East African governments to further their MSP processes, including BEST, Bird Life International, Blue Solutions, CORDIO, French MPA Agency, Nairobi Convention, Ocean Health Index and WIOMSA. Continue reading