Blue Solutions - Implementing the CBD Strategic Plan in the field of marine and coastal biodiversity
As of: November 2019
Objective and activities
This global project is jointly implemented by GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UN Environment and is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity. The project identifies and disseminates successful on-the-ground solutions that concern a wide range of marine topics. In addition, it contributes to capacity development by the means of training courses and different exchange formats. The project also collates results of exchanges and advises on how to integrate approaches into national and regional strategies as well as into planning processes. In this way, the project supports partner countries to contribute to implementing one of the key areas of activity of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).
State of implementation/results
- In April 2017, a training of trainers was held. It focused on the three training courses related to Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning, Adaptation to Climate Change and the Integration of Ecosystem Services, and it contained elements on methodological trainer skills.
- In March 2017, two trainings were held regarding blue planning and integrating ecosystem services. In total, 42 participants representing various institutions from more than 15 countries took part.
- In 2016, Blue Solutions co-founded the PANORAMA – solutions for a healthy planet partnership and is now hosting the marine and coastal theme of the partnership, and the respective thematic portal on the PANORAMA web platform.
- By October 2018, 185 Blue Solutions from Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa had been contributed to the knowledge portfolio. Information on individual Blue Solutions is disseminated regularly through brochures, websites, the IUCN Newsletter and the PANORAMA Newsletter.
- The Sustainable Oceans Leadership Lab was conducted in a period of 18 month from 2015 to 2016 as a joint initiative of Blue Solutions and the Global Leadership Academy (BMZ). Participants included 30 prominent leaders from six global initiatives for protecting oceans, international experts and representatives from the private sector.
- From 2014 to 2016, three regional forums were organized in Latin and Central America, in South-East Asia and in Africa. For instance, the “Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts und Human Wellbeing in Asia and Pacific” in the Philippines with participants from 17 countries.
- A wide audience from 50 countries attended the project’s webinar series on relevant topics related to marine and coastal management.
- The project has organized various regional and international events and participated in a number of international conferences. For instance, it organized side events at the 13th COP of the CBD and at the World Conservation Congress and was actively represented at the first UN Ocean Conference.