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Blue IES: Worldwide training course offer around integrating ecosystem services into marine & coastal development planning
by Blue Solutions (Partnership)
Capacity Development is a key element of the Blue Solutions Initiative. Through different formats and cooperation with various partner institutions, we seek to
... enhance capacities for scaling up success
... provide learning opportunities and trainings on Blue Solutions themes
... support policy processes to facilitate blue solutions.

Development planners are often confronted with a set of multi-faceted challenges. Projects and policies intended to meet development goals often go forward unwittingly at the expense of nature; e.g. a national plan to expand aquaculture to increase food production may lead to mangrove degradation causing erosion and loss of fish habitat. Effects are felt by people who depend on nature for their livelihood and well-being. Recognizing the links between ecosystem services and development goals can be the key to a broader successful strategy.
A better ability to assess, describe and value benefits of ecosystem services can help development planners to understand better how their actions depend on and impact on ecosystem services, to consider trade-offs, and to choose policies that sustain services.

Our approach
The guide for development planners and policy-makers on integrating marine and coastal ecosystem services into development planning advocates a stepwise approach to recognize, demonstrate and capture the value of ecosystem services.
The training combines theoretical and practical elements and guides participants through the application of six steps to recognize, demonstrate and capture the value of ecosystem services:
1. Defining the scope
2. Screening & prioritizing
3. Identifying conditions, trends and trade-offs
4. Appraising the institutional and cultural framework
5. Preparing better decision making
6. Implementing change

Training concept
The training is based on the Harvard Case Methodology, which conveys teaching messages mainly through interactive practical work by participants. The training takes place in the fictitious country of Bakul, a situation closely based on real life conditions and challenges.
To learn how to recognize linkages between ecosystem services and development.
To familiarize participants with tools and methods for assessing and valuing ecosystem services.
To learn about main policy options and instruments to capture ecosystem services related risks and opportunities as well as entry points for decision-making.
To earth the approach in the context of partner countries and identify concrete opportunities to use the approach in participants work. 

Relevant Links:
Find the training material here: https://bluesolutions.info/ecosystem-services-2/
News article about conducted training in Hawaii: https://news.grida.no/5-days-in-bakul
Details about GIZ project ValueES: Methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning and practice: http://www.aboutvalues.net/

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
Integration of the training course into the portfolio of at least 5 other international implementing organizations that are actively engaged in capacity development
Translation of training material in further language (French)
Staff / Technical expertise
4 multilingual trainers
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2013 - December 2018
GIZ (other relevant actor), GRID-Arendal (other relevant actor), IUCN (Intergovernmental Organisation) UN Environment (UN System)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Planners and policy-makers from ministries and agencies, within both 'conservation' and 'development' NGO and civil society representatives Academics from universities and research
Contact information
Jan Kleine Buening, Head of Project, jan.kleine@giz.de,
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