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…

Vera Noon

Armelle Jung

Hedley Grantham

Susanne Altvater

Louise Lieberknecht

Tiago Gandra

Katrin Münch

Gonçalo Carneiro

Sonia Gautreau

Norma Serra

Mario Caña Varona

Marinez Scherer

Kyaw Thinn Latt

Jan Kleine Büning

Erick Ross Salazar

Dieynaba Seck

Christian Neumann

Christian Barrientos

Carla Nadal Rossitto

Resources for 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 Cookbook and the Trainer Manual to help guide on the journey of developing a training. The Participant Manual contains all the necessary information and exercises you will need during your BPiP workshop.


In this page you will also find these resources:

  • The Journey Island Landscape that gives an overview of the topics a workshop could address.
  • Draft Programmes and daily Agendas to give a general idea of the contents of an in-person or online workshop. Feel free to mix and match topics depending on your audience!
  • An example of a Training board for that you can use to get inspired on how to develop your own virtual workshop.
  • Access to Bakul SeaSketch so participants can enjoy mapping exercises on a virtual setting.
  • Presentations designed to introduce the BPiP main topics to participants.
  • Introduction to most of the Exercises available in the Participants Manual.
  • The maps of Bakul, the fictional country that the workshop is based in, so that you can print them, and participants can have a hands-on experience during exercises.
  • MSP in nutshell video so participants can be easily introduced into Marine Spatial Planning and other relevant Videos about the training.
  • Additional resources that we think will be useful to both you and BPiP training participants.
The Blue Planning Trainer Manual will help guide you on the journey of developing a training.
Blue Planning Cookbook will help guide you on the journey of developing a training.
The Participant Manual contains the information and exercises you will develop during your workshop.
The BPiP Journey Island Landscape gives an overview of the topics participants will learn during the workshop.
Programme overview that can be used for facilitating a BPiP workshop.
Example training board for Blue Planning in Practice virtual workshop
The link to the Bakul Seasketch map; an interactive online map where participants can play around with different thematic layers.