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.
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.