The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in the German city of Bonn from 6 to 18 November 2017. Under the presidency of the Republic of Fiji – a large ocean state that is already heavily affected by the impacts of climate change – the role of the ocean was very relevant in many of the negotiations. Events that highlighted this focus were the launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership and the Oceans Action Day of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action on 11 November.
The Blue Solutions Initiative was involved in several side events around COP23 that dealt with the integration of the ocean into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), focal points in marine research in Germany and global knowledge exchange of solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Written by Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions Initiative
The Nairobi Convention, a multi-institutional partnership dedicated to a prosperous and healthy Western Indian Ocean Region, organized a series of back-to-back meetings dedicated to Marine Spatial Planning, Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction and a number of further marine-related topics. Together with a number of involved institutions (UNEP-WCMC, WIOMSA, IUCN, IOC-UNESCO) Blue Solutions co-organized a workshop on Marine Spatial Planning on 13-15 November 2017.
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.