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Watch Dr. Tegan Hoffmann discuss Blue Earth Consultants’ experience, expertise, and role in providing effective solutions towards ocean conservation.
Blue Earth Consultants, LLC and its strategic partner, Coastal Quest, will present three projects at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. The Congress, held once every ten years, hosts delegates from around the world who will share their work on marine and terrestrial parks and inform discussions among international delegates to set recommendations for protected area priorities over the coming decade. The conference provides an exciting opportunity to scale up learning about Blue Earth Consultants’ past work on marine protected areas (MPAs) and funding mechanisms for marine conservation. Specifically, Blue Earth Consultants will highlight its findings on lessons learned from private and public ocean conservation donors around the world, sustainable financing for two MPAs in St. Lucia, and key elements for implementing successful MPA networks.
Dr. Tegan Hoffmann Featured in UNESCO World Heritage Centre Marine Programme Newsletter
Blue Earth Consultants’ Dr. Tegan Hoffmann was highlighted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre Marine Programme Annual Newsletter. The newsletter identified Dr. Tegan Hoffmann as an UNESCO World Heritage Centre Marine Programme marine expert.
Coastal Quest and The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
As the implementing partner of Coastal Quest, a Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation grantee, Blue Earth Consultants produced a glossy version of the executive summary of the 2010 study, Ocean Conservation Strategic Funding Initiatives: A Study of Successes and Lessons Learned conducted for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The executive summary examined 20 large-scale ocean conservation strategic funding initiatives from the government and foundation sectors to distill successes and failures, investment gaps and opportunities, and lessons to help avoid common pitfalls in achieving sustainable ocean conservation and management. It seeks to provoke more thoughtful, long-term initiatives and grant-making in ocean and coastal conservation.
Blue Earth Consultants’ Work Featured in Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM)
Blue Earth Consultants’ work was highlighted in MEAM’s June/July 2013 issue, which features news and analysis on ocean planning and ecosystem-based management. The issue shares eight ingredients for sustainable community-based fisheries management identified in a study supported by the conservation organization, Rare. The key ingredients include having: multiple management tools; transparent processes; adequate fisher capacity to participate; incentives for fishers to participate; good collaboration across all participant groups; strong monitoring plans; a realistic timeframe for results; and sustainable financing.
Blue Earth Consultants’ Work Featured in MPA News
Blue Earth Consultants’ work was highlighted in MPA News- Global News and Analysis on Marine Protected Areas, May/June 2013 issue. The issue shares five key elements for the effective implementation of MPA networks and large MPAs identified in a study supported by the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation to inform MPA network implementation efforts in California.
Blue Earth Consultants at State of the California Central Coast Symposium
Tegan Hoffmann, Principal of Blue Earth Consultants presented and was a key participant in a panel discussion for Day Three: Opportunities for Effective MPA Network Implementation of the State of the California Central Coast Symposium. The 3-day symposium offered participants an opportunity to learn about Central Coast baseline monitoring results, share findings from their own research, and discuss perspectives on marine protected area (MPA) governance and management with resources managers, policy makers, scientists, and stakeholders.
Blue Earth Consultants’ presentation “Key Elements and Innovations for Effective MPA Network Implementation” examined five key elements for successful MPA network implementation and how these elements can be used to strengthen MPA network implementation in California. In addition, Blue Earth Consultants shared lessons that can be applied to other MPA networks in the United States and internationally.
Blue Earth Consultants’ Work Featured in the West Coast EBM Network’s Newsletter
Blue Earth Consultants’ work developing a Strategic Business Plan with the West Coast EBM Network is featured in their Winter 2013 Newsletter.
Coastal Quest and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
As the implementing partner of Coastal Quest, a Moore Foundation grantee, Blue Earth Consultants produced a meta-analysis on the banking sector’s approach to identifying, considering, and mitigating their financing activities’ impacts on natural resources and ecosystems and the extent to which they proactively finance projects with positive impacts on natural resources and ecosystems. The report identified leading banks and their best practices, as well as existing and emerging trends across three bank types: commercial/state-owned, investment, and multilateral/bilateral. In addition, the report identified barriers and challenges, lessons learned, opportunities, and incentives and levers for encouraging greater uptake and consideration of natural resources and ecosystems in banks’ financing activities. Blue Earth Consultants conducted web-based research, literature review, and semi-structured interviews to inform its meta-analysis report, develop a bank inventory of 61 banks, and share snapshots of 15 innovative examples of banks’ identification, consideration, and mitigation of natural resources and ecosystem impacts.
Coastal Quest and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
As the implementing partner of Coastal Quest, a Moore Foundation grantee, Blue Earth Consultants produced a seven-session ecosystem services seminar series “Ecosystem Services: From Theory to Policy to Action,” targeting the foundation community. The seminars sought to advance ecosystem services literacy among donors to promote coordinated conservation grant-making in this area. In addition to arranging for world-class experts as speakers, we complemented the seminars with support materials (syllabus, supplemental reading), a real-time evaluation process for continuous improvement over the course of the series, and a report analyzing terrestrial, coastal, and ocean ecosystem services investment opportunities. Blue Earth Consultants coordinated the development of a professionally designed multimedia outreach package to present the documents produced for the seminar series.
Resources Legacy Fund Foundation
Blue Earth Consultants produced a report in March 2012 which highlights findings and lessons learned from our review of ten case studies of effective marine protected area network implementation from across the globe. From these cases, we identified five key elements for successful implementation and innovations for addressing capacity gaps and strengthening these key elements. We then examined these elements within the context of California’s statewide marine protected area network and made recommendations on how California could strengthen these key elements within its own network. Blue Earth Consultants also created a summary brochure to convey the findings and lessons learned in a more concise manner. The brochure serves as a supplement to the full report.
Outsourcing Science to Keep Results Untainted (December 2010) by Matt Kettmann features Tegan Hoffmann, Blue Earth Consultants’ principal and founder, discussing the role of Science Integration for decision-making.