Hosted by GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN, OCTO, UNEP

The marine and coastal solutions portal is now PANORAMA Blue, hosted by by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, GRID-Arendal, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), OCTO - Open Communications for the Ocean, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).



Achieving the marine and coastal Aichi targets

The sustainable use and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity is a priority for action under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). To support practitioners and policy makers in improving the management of marine and coastal biodiversity, the Blue Solutions Initiative is partnering with a range of organizations and programmes, including the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the CBD, to facilitate global knowledge exchange and capacity development.


Capacity development

The Blue Solutions Initiative provides a range of capacity development opportunities. These include trainings on the integration of ecosystem services into marine planning, climate change adaptation in the marine and coastal realm as well as a training course on marine and coastal spatial planning and management. In addition, the Blue Solutions Initiative cooperates with other institutions which offer complementary capacity development courses.


Global knowledge exchange

An essential component of the Blue Solutions Initiative is to collate, document and share successful approaches, or “solutions”, addressing marine and coastal challenges. These solutions can illustrate a range of topics from marine and coastal spatial planning and management, marine protected areas, ecosystem services, climate change and sustainable finance to fisheries, tourism, marine litter or educational and capacity development measures, and be implemented at different levels (from local to multi-national; from hands-on to policy). The sharing and exchanging of these solutions provides others with examples and lessons learned regarding successful approaches that have worked in given contexts. They can inspire others to adapt and replicate these achievements without “reinventing the wheel”, thereby accelerating action for sustaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems.


The Blue Solutions Initiative facilitates exchange around solutions through the marine and coastal solutions portal on the Panorama platform and in face-to-face meetings such as workshops and trainings.



Blue Solutions is implemented jointly by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, GRID-Arendal, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative (ICI) and is running from January 2013 until December 2021.


More information on the Blue Solutions website or contact the Blue Solutions team for any questions or comments. 

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