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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Marine Spatial Planning video in French, Spanish and Portuguese

Marine Spatial Planning video in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Burmese

The video “Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) – in a nutshell” is now available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Burmese. It explains MSP simply and dynamically and is suitable for everyone: from local communities to planners and policy-makers.

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in a nutshell (Burmese version) from GRID-Arendal on Vimeo.

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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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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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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.

(c) Blue Solutions

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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.

© GIZ

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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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