Blue Planning in Practice - Blue Solutions

On demand

Provider: Blue Solutions (GIZ, GRID, IUCN, UNEP)

Contact: Jan Kleine Büning, jan.kleine [at]

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Learning objective: The Blue Planning in Practice training course aims to strengthen practical management planning and implementation informed by decades of practical experiences and learning in the field. This course therefore provides an introduction to the theory and practical starting points of coastal and marine spatial planning.

Structure and content: The Blue Planning training course builds upon a range of existing planning frameworks and practical experiences, while highlighting the following common considerations and elements for ecosystem-based planning and management efforts in coastal and marine areas:

• Scoping and getting organized

• Inventory and analysis of current status and stakeholder interests

• Organization of stakeholder participation

• Drafting a Spatial Management Plan

• Negotiation, refinement and approval of the Spatial Management Plan

• Implementation and enforcement of the Spatial Management Plan

• Monitoring, revision and adjustment of the Spatial Management Plan

The course is based on a case method, which conveys teaching messages mainly through interactive practical work by trainees. The training deals with the fictitious country of Bakul, a case closely based on real-life conditions and challenges. The fictitious case allows participants to dive into a matter, free from their own work context and its biases. The methodology can also be applied to a real case, yet this involves further preparation in advance of the training course in order to gather and process necessary information. In addition, “Blue Solutions” – successful cases – complement the training by illustrating theoretical inputs and case work learning. They serve as real case examples for “what works” (key success factors) in different situations.

Target audience: Overall, the training package is primarily intended for professionals responsible for the planning and management of coastal and marine areas and their natural resources, not only from the environment sector, but also from other sectors (e.g. fisheries, tourism, transportation, energy, and sea mining), or from cross-sectorial management bodies.

Format: In person

Type of course: Professionals/practitioners

Number of participants: Up to 20

Costs and conditions for participating: To be negotiated (all materials are open-source)

Duration: 5 days (core course). Ideally, the course will be embedded in a longer-term advisory process aiming at supporting concrete Blue Planning efforts. Based on a stocktaking capacity needs assessment, training modules will be chosen and adapted to the particular case. In this case, the training will most likely not be a single event, but consist of several training and advisory workshops. The training course might as well serve as a single-event introductory course on Blue Planning aiming at informing and raising awareness among practitioners.

Frequency: By arrangement

Any upcoming dates (or when available): Please contact Jan Kleine Büning, jan.kleine [at]

Regions/countries where offered: Worldwide

Available trainers per region: Please contact Jan Kleine Büning, jan.kleine [at]

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