On the 6th of December, during the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) in Madrid, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) organized a side event on marine nature-based solutions for NDCs. Blue Solutions (GIZ, IUCN, GRID, and UNEP) as well as Rare, the Blue Action Fund and the Save Our Mangroves Now! Initiative (WWF and IUCN) co-organized this event.
While the political process is still debating the outcome document of this year’s COP, many stakeholders are in full action mode. Coastal and marine NbS are a viable option climate response, with various benefits to nature and people.
The event highlighted the need for integrated planning and implementation approaches. The necessity to tackle issues such as climate change, biodiversity and resilience in a holistic manner was emphasized. Practical examples as those presented by Vanuatu, Kenya, Indonesia and Tanzania, showed the complexity, yet also the possible ways forward on how to set up proper partnerships, truly engage the local community and policy reforms to generate positive impact on the ground.
Blue Solutions, as one of the co-organizers, provided a platform for government representatives and development partners to come together and explore nature-based solutions for coastal communities. Practitioners discussed how to implement and up-scale solutions which contribute to NDCs and climate adaptation and mitigation. The side event highlighted success stories of tangible and workable solutions, inspiring local and international partners to take the lead on climate action.
German Ministry of Environment invests two million Euros in the PANORAMA Initiative
The new funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)will strengthen the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet initiative, a global learning and knowledge partnership, aiming to support the promotion and uptake of existing replicable solutions. Through investment in core functions, including partnership coordination and business development, the programme will better enable PANORAMA to support global learning from successful practices in biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation among practitioners and decision-makers.
The funding will significantly support the PANORAMA secretariat, which is currently hosted by GIZ and IUCN, for the coming four years. The new flow of income will strengthen the long-term sustainability and strategic advancement of the initiative. PANORAMA is promoting solutions that demonstrate how well protected biodiversity and well managed ecosystems help address societal challenges, increase resilience and adaptation to climate change and thereby achieve development benefits.
A strong focus will be on improved impact monitoring with the intention of having a better understanding of existing solutions and best practices. A more in-depth analysis of solutions will help to crystallize further building blocks and key trends, which will result in better communication of lessons learnt. Enhanced political processes and advocacy activities will make the PANORAMA initiative and its diverse set of solutions more visible to potential stakeholders and decision-makers.
The increased visibility of PANORAMA will prospectively attract co-funding from other donors who can simultaneously benefit from its broad collective of solutions and expertise. Ultimately, the funding of the German ministry will facilitate an improved interaction between solution providers and users promoting the 550+ solutions on a bigger scale and contribute to the long-lasting sustainability of the PANORAMA platform.
Blue Solutions coordinates the Marine and Coastal Portal of the PANORAMA platform and promotes currently more than 220 solutions to address challenges in the coastal and marine realm.
Congratulations to PANORAMA and its partners on this new support!
Written by Carolin Hoffmann (Blue Solutions Initiative) and Hanneke Van Lavieren (WWF Guianas)
The Crew! Copyright: WWF
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 →