Blue Solutions for Ecosystem Services - Finding What's Worked, and Helping to Do It Again
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 10am New York, 3pm London, 4pm Paris
Featuring Christian Neumann, Hosted by LP
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Christian Neumann will present the Blue Solutions Initiative, a global platform to collate, share and generate knowledge and capacity for sustainable management and equitable governance of our blue planet. The initiative identifies and promotes Blue Solutions: innovative concepts and practical approaches that inspire and facilitate action towards healthy and productive marine and coastal ecosystems. Integrating ecosystem services into development planning is one of the Blue Solutions’ focus areas (www.bluesolutions.info).
Christian will also present a training course scheme, taking place in the fictitious country of Bakul, where participants help the governor to integrate marine and coastal ecosystem services into planning.
Christian works with GRID-Arendal as a Programme Leader for the organization’s Ecosystems, Economies and Sustainable Development portfolio, including a range of global, regional and local projects related to marine ecosystem services, conservation finance and management. Prior to GRID-Arendal, he has been with WWF Germany focusing on MPAs and fisheries, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction. He is a marine ecologist by training.
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