What if we could identify the best local and regional solutions, and promote them for learning at a global level?

 

PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainable development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration.

 

PANORAMA allows practitioners to share and reflect on their stories, increase recognition for successful work, and learn together with their peers how similar challenges have been addressed around the globe.  

 

Different thematic communities contribute to PANORAMA. On the web platform, these communities are represented through portals. As PANORAMA evolves, we welcome new themes and new partners.

 

If your organization is interested in joining the PANORAMA partnership, please contact us!

 

 

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 shared on the online platform and through publications. They are also integrated into capacity development activities and workshops. This methodology for learning and innovation 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 steps or phases of activities. Solutions, while context-specific, are not seen as fixed proof-points, but as toolboxes that can be leveraged and inspire learning across geographies and themes.

 

Solutions...

…respond to challenges to sustainable development and human wellbeing and contribute to maintaining or improving the health of biodiversity and ecosystems, helping to achieve the Aichi targets of the Convention for Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030.

 

…are effective and have been implemented with a demonstrated positive impact for nature conservation and/or sustainable development.

 

…consist of elements that can potentially be replicated or upscaled in other geographic, social or sectorial contexts.

 

 

PANORAMA – a broad partnership

 

Solution providers

 

PANORAMA serves a wide variety of institutions and individuals to share their experiences, challenges, lessons learned 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 knowledge exchange.

 

Thematic Community Coordinators

 

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 UN Environment (UNE). 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”, including the development of the solutions template, criteria, formats and the processes to apply the methodology. Three Regional Forums on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing have been conducted in Asia, Latin America and Africa, 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.

 

Blue Solutions Website

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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.

 

IUCN Global Protected Areas Website

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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.

 

Global Project Mainstreaming EbA Website

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PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet partners and origins

 

The current PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet initiative is based on work conducted by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) over the past 5 years.  Following the adoption of the Aichi Targets in 2010, several agencies promoted the concept of building on success, rather than the more familiar focus of pointing at failures. The publication “Natural Solutions: Protected areas helping people cope with climate change” (Dudley, et al. eds., 2010) was one result.

 

Simultaneously, supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative, GIZ is leading a project called Blue Solutions that started in 2013, together with GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UN Environment (formerly UNEP). Its focus was on solutions in marine and coastal situations.

 

The goal of these efforts was to find and document evidence for successful practical approaches, to better understand how and why they worked, and to adapt and replicate them through learning and exchange to new challenges in similar contexts.

 

GIZ and IUCN continue to play a leading role in PANORAMA, through their long-term institutional commitment and investments. The PANORAMA partnership coordinators are housed in GIZ and IUCN.

 

 

PANORAMA is jointly implemented by the following organizations:

 

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.

GIZ Website

 

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.

IUCN Website

 

UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

 UN Environment website

 

GRID-Arendal was established in 1989 to support environmentally sustainable development by working with UN Environment and other partners. We communicate environmental knowledge that strengthens management capacity and motivates decision-makers to act. We transform environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity building services. Our vision is a society that understands, values and protects the environment on which it depends.

GRID-Arendal website

 

Rare: Conservation is about people. For more than 25 years, Rare has empowered local communities in over 50 countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards. Rare’s unique approach appeals to hearts and minds through proven marketing techniques. Rare trains local leaders to lead change, leaving a legacy of increased capacity and a sense of ownership, responsibility and pride in conservation. 

Rare website

 

Development partners

 

The PANORAMA 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) 

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Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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