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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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