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IUCN's work on the Blue Solutions project

The Blue Solutions Project provides a global platform to collate, share and generate knowledge and capacity for sustainable management and equitable governance of our blue planet.

It synthesizes lessons learnt and best practice in marine and coastal management – innovative concepts and practical approaches that inspire action towards healthy ecosystems that sustain biodiversity and human well-being. Those are what we call “Blue Solutions”.

Blue Solutions works on 5 subject areas, through a partnership of 4 organizations, with IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and Global Marine and Polar Programme focusing on the topic of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

We are documenting, promoting and sharing experiences from MPAs around the world, highlighting different governance models and community based approaches, successful application of the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories, and the role of MPAs in enhancing resilience and disaster risk reduction.

Through this, Blue Solutions aims to enhance the evidence base of MPAs addressing both human needs and conserving nature. By providing a platform for sharing and exchange, Blue Solutions will make a contribution towards supporting decision makers and MPA practitioners in applying “solutions” and achieving the Marine and Coastal Aichi Targets.

Read more on the Blue Solutions project website.

How you can contribute:

Would you like to suggest a project, approach or experience from a coastal or marine protected area that you think is worthwhile sharing under the Blue Solutions effort? We will be glad to hear from you – contact James Hardcastle (

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Blue Solutions presentation at the Ocean+ pavilion during IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Blue Solutions at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Marine issues featured prominently at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, with a strong push particularly for increase of no-take marine protected areas. Blue Solutions - inspiring approaches in marine and coastal resource management from around the world - were presented in a number of sessions, co-organized by Blue Solutions project partners GIZ and IUCN. …  

16 Jan 2015 | Article

Workshop opening

Indonesia commits to quality of its growing marine protected area network

This week the Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo, officially opened a joint IUCN and Coral Triangle Center training event on marine protected area governance. Supported by IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme through the Blue Solutions project partnership, the focus on marine protected area governance builds on the recent success stories in effectively protecting coastal and marine resources across many of Indonesia’s 7,000 islands. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

Regional Forum on Oceans, Coasts and People in Asia and the Pacific, Cebu, PH, May 2014

Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific

“We need to avoid re-inventing the wheel” is a notion that was frequently heard during the opening of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific. The event was hosted by the Blue Solutions Initiative, with IUCN as a partner, on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. It convened around 100 practitioners and decision makers, civil society, local community as well as government representatives. …  

11 Jun 2014 | News story