Blue Solutions - Implementing the CBD Strategic Plan in the field of marine and coastal biodiversity
As of: February 2020
Objective and activities
The Blue Solutions Initiative is jointly implemented by GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UNEP. The main goal is to enhance the capacities of national and regional partners to contribute towards ocean and coastal sustainability, including Sustainable Ocean-based Economies. Therefore, the project focuses on the implementation of ecosystem-based spatial planning and management, based on the adaptation and re-application of proven solutions and capacity development in partner countries and through Regional Seas and other relevant partner institutions and networks, e.g. COBSEA Convention, Vietnam, Ecuador, Mozambique. Furthermore, Blue Solutions supports the advancement of the PANORAMA knowledge sharing platform and provides strategic contributions to UN policy processes such as the post-2020 biodiversity framework under the CBD, the ocean and climate relation under the UN-FCCC and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 14.
State of implementation/results
The Blue Solutions Initiative to be implemented by the same organisations has the objective that national and regional partner institutions enhance their capacities to better contribute to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan targets and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework on the conservation, sustainable use and restoration of marine and coastal biodiversity as well as achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 14 and other ocean-related international goals and targets. In order to achieve that in the next phase the project will focus on:
- The implementation of ecosystem-based spatial planning and management to enable sustainable blue economy policy-making, based on the adaptation and re-application of proven solutions and capacity development in partner countries and through Regional Seas and other relevant partner institutions and networks.
- The consolidation of the Blue Solutions Knowledge Sharing Platform (PANORAMA initiative) as a hub to share and find successful examples, and leveraging the wider PANORAMA partnership to achieve specific project deliverables; and
- Strategic contributions to the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in the field of marine and coastal biodiversity, as well as to ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals, first of all SDG 14, and ocean-related climate change aspects under the UNFCCC.
- The Solutions documented on the PANORAMA platform, the existing training kits, as well as relevant guides, tools and methodologies developed by Blue Solutions so far, will serve as a basis for the practice-oriented implementation approach of this project phase.