Exchange & Uptake

Exchanging solutions

Distilling and sharing solutions and their building blocks supports inter-sectorial knowledge transfer and enables mutual learning. The aim is to inspire others in taking action towards achieving effective management and equitable governance in marine and coastal systems.

Documenting and sharing these inspiring stories is only the first step, the Blue Solutions Initiative used different formats to facilitate the exchange of successful approaches:

  1. The PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet web platform


The Panorama partnership and its online platformpanorama-Logo-FINAL

PANORAMA is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration. This single database houses a number of thematic portals, and is envisioned to be continuously expanded with new partners and solutions from further topics. The platform allows practitioners to share their stories, get recognized for successful work, and learn how others have tackled problems across the globe, by encouraging reflection on and learning from proven approaches.

The Blue Solutions Initiative is the contact for the marine and coastal theme and hosts the marine and coastal solutions portal of the Panorama platform.

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2. Workshop and events


In workshops and events, such as Blue Solutions’ regional fora, participants learn about approaches that have been proven successful, and experience in an interactive exercise how building blocks can be used, recombined and adapted to address new challenges.

Face-to-face solutions exchange

In face-to-face meetings participants have the opportunity to engage with solution providers, as well as experience how building blocks can be used, recombined and adapted to create new solutions in solution-ing workshops.

Beyond the exchange of knowledge, solution-ing events also have clear networking benefits. They allow actors to connect around issues and within regions, but even across sectors and geographies.

It is also possible to apply and adapt the solution-ing format to a “grassroots” Level, discussing solutions e.g. with members of different communities (potentially joined by other stakeholders, such as park staff, representatives of NGO working in the area, business operators) adjacent to a protected area.

You want to organize a workshop applying the solution-ing methodology?

In our handbook we provide guidance on how to plan, organize and implement such a workshop including many real-life examples and background documents. In the handbook you learn about …

… the evolution of the solution-ing approach

considerations to make when palnning to run a solution-ing workshop

the duration of such workshops

how to run a workshop including a step-by-step guide

All of this is examplified with many real-case examples as well as providing sample materials, useful links and a suggested packlist to make your solution-ing workshop a success.

Solution-ing workshop methodology handbook

3. Capacity development activities


“Blue solutions” are integrated into our capacity development activities. The Blue training courses are enriched through the integration of real life examples into a theoretical background.

4. Communication formats


Various communication formats feature solutions from all over the world: publications and newsletters, but also social media (like Facebook & Twitter) are a great medium to promote inspiring solutions.