Blue Training Courses

Capacity development is a key factor for supporting ownership and action towards resilient coastal and marine ecosystems. The Blue Solutions Initiative developed modular marine training courses – the Blue Training Courses – focusing on marine spatial planning, sustainable ocean-based economies and blue leadership.

  • The Blue Planning in Practice training course (BPiP, 5 training days) introduces the theory and practical starting points of coastal and marine spatial planning and aims to strengthen planning, implementation, and management at sea. The training course builds upon a range of existing planning frameworks and practical experiences and the guidance of more than­ 30 experts in the field from around the world.
  • The Sustainable Blue Economy training provides tools and guidance to support pathways towards sustainable ocean-based economies, which enhances wellbeing, prosperity and social equity, while protecting, regenerating and maintaining the integrity of the environment.
  • The Blue Leadership Journey strengthens individual and collective leadership skills to enable meaningful change in systems. With this training, ocean leaders learn to better deal with challenges, act in complex situations, and become change agents.


The training courses aim to strengthen the capacities of decision makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to overcome competing interests and uncoordinated approaches at sea. They provide participants with tools to find their own solutions to respond to the challenges facing the marine environment.

All training materials are open source and available online. If you are interested in convening one of the Blue Training Courses, feel free to adapt it to your context and needs. The Blue “Cookbook for Conveners” will help guide you on the journey of developing a training. The document is intended to support training conveners with the planning and implementation of training courses. It does so by providing an overview of the offered trainings, the various materials, and current trainers.


E-learning course on human mobility in the context of climate change

A new, freely available self-paced e-learning course, jointly developed by UNU-EHS, UNU-VIE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, will provide learners with a profound understanding of human mobility in the context of climate change.
By introducing key concepts like climate related migration, disaster displacement, planned relocation and trapped populations, this training will build capacities needed to consider human mobility in the context of climate change (HMCCC) in your respective field of work. The training showcases diverse examples from different countries on the phenomena of HMCCC as well as options how to manage it.

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PrivABoo Autumn School 2023

The Autumn School 2023, as part of the PrivABoo Practitioners Lab, took place on 18, 25 October and 1 November 2023. It is focused on exploring the context of Adaptation SMEs and their climate change related opportunities and impacts. Additionally, adaptation tools and approaches were discussed, as well as financing opportunities for climate change adaptation.

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Value Creation through Mainstreaming Gender in Adaptation Finance

Value Creation through Mainstreaming Gender in Adaptation Finance is a customizable training for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in climate change adaptation. It underscores the significance of adopting a gender lens within the context of adaptation finance. In a rapidly changing business landscape, applying this gender perspective is critical to understanding and addressing diverse customer needs, enabling SMEs to effectively adapt their products and marketing strategies. Moreover, the program equips SMEs with the essential tools and insights to create a nurturing environment for talent development within their enterprises. It provides guidance on meeting the gender and inclusion-related criteria set by investors, a vital component for securing funding and establishing partnerships.

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