What if we could identify the best local and regional solutions, and promote them for learning at a global level?
PANORAMA 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. This platform houses a number of thematic portals, and is envisioned to be continuously expanded with new partners and solutions from further topics. PANORAMA allows practitioners to share their stories, get recognized for successful work, and learn how others have tackled problems across the globe, by encouraging reflection on and learning from proven approaches.
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More than an online platform: The “Solution-ing Approach”
Case studies are documented as solutions using a standard format that identifies replicable key success factors, while also describing the context in which the solutions were implemented. Solutions are being shared here on the online platform and through publications, and are integrated into capacity development activities and workshops. This learning and innovation methodology is applicable across topics, sectors, and audiences. We have termed this approach of documenting, sharing and supporting the upscaling of successful interventions “the Solution-ing Approach”.
What do we mean by “solutions”?
Solutions are specific, applied examples of successful processes or approaches. They can be entire projects or only aspects of a project, and typically encompass several phases of activities. Solutions, while context-specific, are not seen as fixed proof-points, but as toolboxes that can be leveraged, and can inspire success across geographies and themes.
…respond to challenges to sustainable development and human wellbeing and contribute to maintaining or improving the health of biodiversity and ecosystems, helping to achieve global sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
…are effective and have been implemented with a demonstrated positive impact.
…consist of elements that can potentially be replicated or upscaled in other geographic, social or sectorial contexts.
PANORAMA – a broad partnership
PANORAMA serves a wide variety of institutions and individuals as a useful tool to share their experiences, lessons and success factors. It currently connects over 200 solution providers who represent NGOs, government institutions, academia, international organizations, foundations and the private sector, for cross-sectoral, interregional learning and exchange.
Blue Solutions Initiative: Marine and Coastal Solutions
The Blue Solutions Initiative is being implemented in partnership by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GRID-Arendal, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative (ICI).
Since 2013, Blue Solutions has pioneered the development of the “Solution-ing Approach”, the development of the solutions template, processes, formats and considerations around applying the methodology. Three Regional Forums on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing have been conducted, among other “Solution-ing” events. Participants highly appreciated the exchange and learning methodology. Since the format of documentation has proven so useful to practitioners and decision-makers, Blue Solutions decided to provide the solutions online as well.
IUCN Global Protected Areas programme: Protected Area Solutions
Building on its engagement in Blue Solutions, the IUCN Global Protected Areas programme leads on assembling solutions that showcase how protected areas provide natural solutions to a multitude of challenges, such as climate change, food and water security. It also promotes innovative approaches to protected area management itself.
The initial portfolio of protected area solution case studies was launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 (WPC) in Sydney, together with the first prototype of a PANORAMA online platform, with an initial thematic scope on "protected areas" only. Solutions that provide the evidence of how needed change can be achieved are one of the four Pillars of the Promise of Sydney, the outcome document of the WPC.
Global Project Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation: EbA Solutions
The Global Project Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative (ICI). The project cooperates with key governmental partners from Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Philippines and Vietnam and international organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and others.
Since 2015, the project develops instruments and methodologies for strengthening EbA in policies, decision making, planning and implementation. This entails compiling and sharing experience gained by implementing EbA approaches in different regions and ecosystems by following the ‘solutioning’ approach. The project has also set up a community of practice involving various exchange formats (online platforms, trainings and workshops) for sharing knowledge and lessons learned.
GIZ offers customised solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.
IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 15,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
The thematic hosts and managing partners express their thanks to the following funding agencies:
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMUB)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)