Written by Carolin Hoffmann (Blue Solutions Initiative) and Hanneke Van Lavieren (WWF Guianas)
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WWF Guianas, within the context of the EU-project ‘Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname: the Eastern Gate to the Caribbean’ the Blue Solutions Initiative and the MarViva Foundation have cooperated to convene a training course on Marine Spatial Planning in Suriname. From 22 to 26 October 2018, more than 20 representatives of different institutions and stakeholders involved in the planning process of coastal and ocean use participated in the course held in Paramaribo. The diverse group included policy makers, planners, government technicians, civil society, academics and the private sector.
Written by Marie Fischborn, IUCN, Blue Solutions initiative
Coastal communities have a key role to play in ensuring the conservation of fish stocks and other marine resources, while relying on their sustainable use. Around the world, a vast variety of area-based conservation with strong community engagement exists. Examples are locally-managed marine areas (LMMAs), shared MPA governance and many other setups.
Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative
What do Equatorial Guinea and Bakul have in common? – Both are tropical coastal states that are blessed with an abundance of marine and coastal biodiversity, a diverse range of ecosystems and natural resources. In both countries, several sectors and stakeholders use the marine and coastal space and depend on the resources it provides, which raises questions on how the sustainable use of these resources can be guaranteed in the future.
Whereas this is the reality of Equatorial Guinea, Bakul is the fictitious venue and place of learning in the Marine Spatial Planning training course of Blue Solutions. From August 20-24, Bakul received a group of visitors from Equatorial Guinea that took part in the “Blue Planning in Practice” course. Here is what happened:
Written by Tabitha Stimpfle and Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative
The Blue Solutions initiative has developed four modular and highly interactive marine training courses (referred to as Blue Training Courses) which have been implemented in over a dozen countries and world regions in the past four years. All Blue Training Courses are designed for practitioners, technical staff and decision makers responsible for coastal and marine planning and management from different social sectors, such as government, civil society, and aca-demia. Especially the demand for support of marine spatial planning initiatives remains high at the international level, which is why the so-called “Blue Planning in Practice” (BPiP) training course has been inquired and conducted most frequently so far.
Written by Peggy Turk-Boyer, Hem Nalini Morzaria-Luna, Tonatiuh Carrillo-Lammens & Volker Koch
Figure 1: Map of the Northern Gulf of California, delimiting the coastal corridor Puerto Peñasco-Punta Lobos and different types of protected areas in the region.
The Blue Solutions Initiative has supported the NGO CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans) from 2015-2018 to develop a plan for integrated management of small-scale fisheries in a coastal corridor with six fishing communities in the Northern Gulf of California in Mexico, using the framework of coastal marine spatial planning (Figure 1). The project addresses the need to reduce growing conflicts surrounding the use of this unique ecosystem, by clarifying user rights and achieving a viable and sustainable system for fisheries and ecosystem management. Continue reading →
This 2 day training course introduces participants to opportunities and approaches for financing marine conservation, enabling factors for the development of conservation finance mechanism, and key steps for their establishment. Continue reading →
A lot has happened since our PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform went online in its current version in September 2016. The number of thematic communities has doubled (more are on the way!) and currently over 380 solutions are published. Over 170 blue solutions have been implemented in marine and coastal ecosystems. These successful examples for conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems come from a wide variety of geographical and cultural contexts and cover a diverse range of spatial scales, ecosystems and themes. Continue reading →