Blue Planning in Practice

Blue Planning in Practice

Ecosystem-based Marine and Coastal Planning and Management

The Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) training course 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 training is intended for professionals responsible or involved in planning and management of coastal and marine areas and their natural resources (including a wide range of sectors, e.g. environment, fisheries, tourism, transportation, energy, and sea mining), or from cross-sectorial management bodies.

The Blue Planning training course is divided in 6 modules corresponding to major elements in ecosystem-based planning and management in coastal and marine areas. The course is adaptable according to the needs of the audience and context.

The core modules are:

  • Identification of need and process design.
  • Organization of stakeholder participation.
  • Inventory and analysis of current and future conditions.
  • Drafting and approving the spatial management plan.
  • Implementation and enforcement.
  • Monitoring, revision, and adjustment.


The course has an average duration of 5 days. It is based on the case method methodology, which conveys teaching messages through interactive practical exercises or case work. The training can be given in both in-person, virtual and hybrid formats, with adjustments made depending on the chosen format and course length. BPiP is available in four languages: English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Since its launch in 2017, BPiP has been conducted by various organisations in more than 35 times in over 30 countries and regions worldwide. It has also gained numerous endorsements from international institutions such as the World Conservation Society (WCS), the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The training deals with the fictitious country of Bakul, a case closely based on real-life conditions and challenges. The fictitious case allows participants to dive into the topic free from their own work context and its biases while bringing the knowledge and experiences from their own reality. The methodology can also be applied to a real case, yet this involves further preparation in advance of the training to gather and process necessary information.

People who can help to sail the Blue Planning in Practice Journey:

Here you will find our ever expanding database of trainers who have Blue Planning in Practice in their blood: They live it, sleep it, and will die for it…

Armelle Jung

Britta Heine

Carla Nadal Rossitto

Christian Barrientos

Christian Neumann

Dieynaba Seck

Erick Ross Salazar

Gonçalo Carneiro

Hedley Grantham

Jan Kleine Büning

Resources to embark the Blue Planning in Practice Journey:

Here you will find everything all the resources you need to develop a BPiP training, whether in-person or in a virtual format.


We advise that you first look at the Blue Planning Cookbook and the Blue Planning Trainer Manual to help guide you on the journey of developing a training. These documents will give you a run-through on how to organize a fruitful in-person workshop, the materials you will need, and explain the different entertaining exercises.

Kyaw Thinn Latt from WCS Myanmar talks about recent developments to develop a marine spatial plan.
Marinez Scherer, lecturer at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, talks about her experience the BPiP training.
Haydée Rodriguez, Vice Minister of Oceans and Water, talks about the importance of a national Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) strategy in Costa Rica.
BPiP workshop participants share their highlights during these virtual experiences.
Workshop participants share their experience working with the virtual tools used in the BPiP training.
This webinar provides practical experiences from Australia and Israel on how data issues have been solved for planning and management efforts at sea.
Draft Agenda that can be used for a BPiP workshop in a virtual setting.
Draft Agenda that can be used for a BPiP workshop in an in-person setting.
Example training board for Blue Planning in Practice virtual workshop