Projects of Blue Solutions partner organizations GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UNEP

Global and Regional Projects

Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA)
Capacity development by improving access to and availability of relevant data to enhance the management of Protected Areas.Implemented by IUCN. Project website
Building Capacity for Coastal EBA in SIDS
Development of coastal EbA scenario and planning tools, pilot testing, regional EbA training and global guidance and policy advice, with national pilot studies in the Seychelles and Grenada.Implemented by UNE. Project website
Building partnerships and awareness of Europe overseas biodiversity and climate change for the future of an EU Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST)
Strengthen biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation in Territories of European Overseas by raising its profile, generating support and proposing mechanisms.Implemented by IUCN. IUCN website
Ecosystem-based Adaptation Decision Support Framework
Assisting national planners and programme designers to compare, select,design and track context-specific EbA versus other adaptation measures.Implemented by UNE. UNE website
Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC)
Protect communities from disasters and tackle the adverse effects of climate change by investigating the role of healthy ecosystems in reducing disaster risk and supporting community-based adaptation to climate change, with marine components in Senegal and Thailand.Implemented by IUCN. IUCN Website
Integrated Marine and Coastal Environment and Resource Management for Human Well-being
Developing tools and policy frameworks for ecosystem-based marine and coastal environment and resource management, including pilot testing and capacity building.Implemented by UNE. UNE website
Linking Community-based Adaptation and Ecosystem-based adaptation in cross-sectoral planning
Community-based adaptation (CBA) and ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA): a false dichotomy? Development of guidance on practical planning and implementation of integrated CBA-EBA solutions.Implemented by UNE. UNE website
Mangroves for the Future (MFF)
Implementation of action with the main objectives of knowledge enrichment and sharing, capacity building and governance enhancement in South and Southeast Asia.Implemented by IUCN and UNE. Project website
Many Strong Voices – Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change: Incorporating Scientific and Traditional Knowledge to Reduce Community Vulnerability
Promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States by regional networking to take action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to tell their stories.Implemented by GRID-Arendal. Project website
Marine Protected Area Governance (MPAG)
Combining top-down, bottom-up and market approaches for reaching and implementing decisions in order to achieve effective and equitable MPAs.Implemented by UNE. Project website
Poverty-Environment Initiative
Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into development planning.Implemented by UNE and UNDP. Project website
Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServe)
Piloting the bundling of ecosystem services and the integration of ecosystem services approaches into resource management and decision making. The overall goal of the project is to better integrate ecosystem assessment, scenario development and economic valuation of ecosystem services into sustainable national development planning. Currently pilot projects in Trinidad & Tobago and Viet Nam.Implemented by UNE. Project Website
TEEB for Oceans and Coasts
Draw attention to the economic benefits of ocean and coastal biodiversity and emphasize the unrealized benefits of preserved and enhanced ecosystem structures, functions and processes to the well-being of humans and nature. Implemented by GRID-Arendal and UNE. Project Website
UNE/GEF Blue Forest Project
Developing methodologies to estimate carbon storage and other ecosystem services by coastal and marine systems. Harnessing these values values to achieve improved ecosystem management and climate resilient communities. Project sites in the UAE, USA, Madagascar, Kenya, Thailand, Mozambique, Indonesia and Ecuador. This UNE project is implemented by multiple partners including GRID-Arendal and IUCN.  Project website


Collaborating Organizations

Collaboration Activities


Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Common capacity development working plan acb
BES-Net Share communications and networks mainly around the topic of ecosystem services.
Blue Finance Collaboration around the topic of conservation finance BFin_Logo_HD
CEDO (Centro intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos / Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans) Collaboration on a bottom-up MSP process in the Gulf of California cedo
Conservation International (CI) Identification and documention of solutions. Integration of solutions into trainings. ci
Coral Triangle Center (CTC) Joint training events ctc
DIE (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) Assisting in identifying placements for students. Joint film Project. die
Ecotrust, Context Partners, Resilience Exchange (now Sphaera) Joint development of the solution-ing approach, including preparation and facilitation of Blue Solutions Fora for Asia and the Pacific and for Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region. ecotrust cp sphaera-logo_social
Global Leadership Academy Jointly convening the Sustainable Oceans Lab. gla
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Jointly convening summer schools on marine protected area management. Project planning mission in Brazil. Joint conceptual analysis and exchange on Blue Solution themes.
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW) Advise in the development of the “Blue Planning in Practice” training course. iow
Linking Tourism and Conservation (LT&C) Identification and documentation of solutions related to sustainable tourism. Logo LT&C
Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative (MOW) Supporting the initiative and acting as expert adviser (Christian Neumann, GRID-Arendal). mow
Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership Advise and contribution to Blue Solution training courses. Joint conceptual analysis and exchange on ecosystem services mesp
MarViva Collaboration on MSP concepts and contributions to the Blue Solutions Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean marviva
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Republic of Indonesia Joint training events. Intgeration of solutions into trainings. kkdp
Mission Blue Joint promotion of efforts that Support the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity. Mission Blue
OpenChannels and Mare Reciprocal mention of the other’s initiatives on the respective websites; Joint webinars oc
rare Identification and documentation of solutions, e.g. through rare`s bright spots. rare
Reos Partners Facilitatation of the Sustainable Oceans Lab. reos-logo
Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility
Collection, review and sharing of global experiences from Marine Spatial Planning development and implementation. unef
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the SCBD Partner in the SOI: Contribution to partnership meetings and high level events; Common Action Plan for 2015-2020; Joint brochure on EBSAs. Cooperation in the “Blue Planning in Practice” training development. Co-hosting of Blue Solutions fora for Asia and the Pacific and for Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region. soi
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Joint conceptual analysis and exchange on the topic of ecosystem services. Identification, documentation and promotion of solutions. tnc
World Ocean Council (WOC) Identification and documentation of solutions from the private sector. woc
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Identification and documentation of solutions. Joint organization of expert talks. wwf