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Published: 2015

Blue Solutions from Latin America and the wider Caribbean

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Marine and coastal ecosystems face a wide array of threats, mainly from humankind. Habitat loss and degradation, overfishing, destructive fishing methods, eutrophication and pollution all deteriorate the state of oceans and coasts. In addition, these unique ecosystems are heavily impacted by climate change. A lack of regulation and enforcement, insufficient management and governance and limited awareness has limited effective responses to these pressures.

The Blue Solutions Initiative was established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in 2013 and is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UNEP. Blue Solutions provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform that brings together innovative marine and coastal management approaches and policy advice, focusing on holistic solutions for the sustainable use of these resources.
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