2nd Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies

2nd Global Dialogue of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative

From 10-13 April 2018, the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the CBD organized the 2nd Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


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Handing over the “Blue Training Courses”: A Workshop Event

Handing over the “Blue Training Courses”: A Workshop Event

Written by Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

After five eventful years, the Blue Solutions project is in its final year of implementa-tion and will come to an end in late 2018. To ensure the long-term availability of our Blue Solutions training courses, we are planning a workshop on “The Art of convening Blue Training Courses”.


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ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

ABALOBI: Demonstrating and exploring ICT solutions for small-scale fisheries in Uganda

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

From South Africa to Uganda: ABALOBI, a South African app suite for small-scale fishers’ business management, is being introduced to stakeholders in the Nile perch fishery at Lake Victoria to explore Innovative Communication Technologies (ICT) for fisheries solutions during a workshop.

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The Blue Solutions Fair: upscaling success stories across Asia and the Pacific

The Blue Solutions Fair: upscaling success stories across Asia and the Pacific

Elena Rabbow and Janina Korting, Blue Solutions Initiative

Almost 40 participants from 12 different countries within the Asia-Pacific Region gathered in Pattaya, Thailand, where the Blue Solutions Fair took place from 13th to 16th of March. The mission of this 4-day event: to explore sustainable ways to address climate change for resilient coastal communities & healthy marine ecosystems. How? By creating a platform for personal exchange and mutual support to share innovative ideas and positive experiences. The participants of the Blue Solutions Fair were members of (international) non-governmental organizations, governmental institutions on national and local level and private companies. All of them shared the willingness to learn from others and the common goal to think and work solution-oriented. The best conditions for a successful Blue Solutions Fair!

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Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: MSP for the Mediterranean Sea

Blue Planning in Practice course applied in Europe: Maritime Spatial Planning for the Mediterranean Sea

Written by Susanne Altvater, s.Pro

This article has been contributed by Susanne Altvater from S.Pro. She participated in our Blue Solutions training of trainers in Bali last year and gives insights on how she integrates the Blue Planning in Practice training into her work on Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean Sea basin:  

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Marine Spatial Planning in Bakul – the Latin American way

Marine Spatial Planning in Bakul – the Latin American way

Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

The fictitious country Bakul is the venue and place of learning in our Marine Spatial Planning training courses. Recently, Bakul was visited by another outstanding group of participants with lots of passion for the marine space. Here is what happened:

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Capacity development in the marine context

Capacity development in the marine context: what are the main challenges and how can we approach them?

Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative

This was our key question to the audience during the jointly organized side event* “Capacity development for sustainable ocean governance: Lessons learned from academia, policy and practice” during the first UN Ocean Conference in 2017.

Participants from a wide range of organizations discussed the relevance of capacity development for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14 – Life below water) and shared their practical experiences on enhancing capacities for the sustainable management and the use of the ocean and its resources. Many of the participants were practitioners or experts in the field of capacity development themselves and contributed valuable insights according to their own experiences.

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Follow-up MSP training workshop in Myanmar

Follow-up Marine Spatial Planning training workshop in Myanmar

Written by Kyaw Thinn Latt, WCS, and Tabitha Stimpfle, Blue Solutions Initiative

As part of the recent MSP roadmap in Myanmar, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Blue Solutions Initiative conducted the first national level MSP training in the end of 2017.

© WCS Myanmar

This first training workshop was very well received and has created a big interest in further training activities within different institutions in Myanmar. A second 2-day Blue Planning in Practice training was already held from 8th to 9th February 2018 at the Central Forestry Development Training Center (CFDTC). 20 Forest Rangers from five coastal regions all over Myanmar participated in the training.

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

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

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.

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