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Encouraging exchange of experiences and lessons learned regarding the sustainable management and use of marine and coastal resources
by Blue Solutions (Partnership)
The Blue Solutions Initiative uses different formats to facilitate the exchange of experiences and lessons learned of sustainable marine and coastal biodiversity management:

The PANORAMA partnership and its online platform
PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet [http://www.panorama.solutions/en/explorer] is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration. PANORAMA allows practitioners to share their stories, get recognized for successful work, and learn how others have tackled challenges across the globe, by encouraging reflection on and learning from proven approaches. On the PANORAMA web platform these case studies are documented in a structured format, published for a global audience and allow an online exchange between users.
The Blue Solutions Initiative manages the marine and coastal theme of PANORAMA: http://www.panorama.solutions/en/portal/marine-and-coastal.

Face-to-face solutions exchange
In face-to-face meetings and sessions at conferences, participants have the opportunity to present their experiences, as well as learn how key building blocks can be used, recombined and adapted to new settings. The Blue Solutions Initiative organized three regional solution exchange events for Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Wider Caribbean and Africa.

You want to organize a workshop using solutions?
In our handbook we provide guidance on how to plan, organize and implement such a workshop including many real-life examples and background documents: http://bluesolutions.info/images/Handbook-Solutioning-workshop-methodology_final.pdf.

To learn more about the solution-ing approach, please watch this webinar: https://vimeo.com/channels/bluesolutions/234532462

To read about our numerous events check the news section on our website: https://bluesolutions.info/news/

To get an impression of the Blue Solutions Initiative and the PANORAMA Solutions Partnership, listen to our partner's voices: https://vimeo.com/180714979

Contact us for more information or if you would like to share your own blue solution: mail@bluesolutions.info
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Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Training and professional development
July 2018
Report on use of solutions
July 2018
Video about solution approach
March 2018
The Blue Solutions Fair in Thailand
September 2018
Documentation & publication of examples for solution replication
Staff / Technical expertise
5 full-time and 6 part-time technical experts
Basic information
Time-frame: 2013 - 2018
GIZ (other) GRID-Arendal (UN System) IUCN (NGO) UN Environment (UN System)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Practitioners, policy-makers and their advisers from different social sectors, such as government, civil society, and academia interested in sharing their experiences and learning from others' successes.
Contact information
Ilona Porsche, Head of Project, ilona.porsche@giz.de,
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