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!
The Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific took place on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines from 27 – 30 May 2014. More than 100 policy-makers and practitioners from 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific met to exchange experiences on marine and coastal management and governance.
An innovative approach to sharing “solutions” was tested during this forum. Twenty-five “solution providers” shared their approaches and processes broken down into building blocks of successful elements, with an explanation of why and how something worked in the context of their home country. Key themes of the forum were:
- Local marine area management and governance to integrate development needs and conservation objectives
- Ecosystem approach to marine and fisheries management to sustain coastal and living marine resources for long-term food security
- Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change to improve the resilience of our oceanic and coastal societies and ecosystems
Organized by the Blue Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) and the World Future Council with support of the Lighthouse Foundation, this forum was convened in collaboration with the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and hosted in partnership with the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Republic of the Philippines. Continue reading