Responsible parties: HIDRIA-CEMarin

National Ocean Policy of Panama

Since September 2020, as part of the HIDRIA-CEMarin Consortium, we have been developing the consultancy for the elaboration of the National Ocean Policy, Strategy and Action Plan of Panama. This project stems from the interest in forging a unified vision of the country regarding the ocean and, consequently, the development of a comprehensive instrument that contributes to maintaining the balance between the conservation of marine biodiversity and resources, and the use and management of the oceans. This consultancy has been structured under an Inter-institutional Commission led by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of Canal Affairs, Panama Maritime Authority, Panama Aquatic Resources Authority, National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation, Panama Canal Authority and Tourism Authority. The United Nations Development Program is the partner actor that will facilitate the common theme of the technical actions implemented. At CEMarin, we are currently responsible for contributing to the project all our technical, scientific and academic experience in the field of marine sciences and the set of knowledge, processes, abilities and skills required, through experts in the areas of the environment, marine biodiversity and coastal engineering. Furthermore, this project has provided us with tools and experience to be able to carry out projects of a similar magnitude in Colombia in the future.

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Responsible parties: Coralina, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and CEMarin

Responsible parties: Coralina, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and CEMarin

Providencia and Santa Catalina, regarding hurricanes in the most probable categories. To this end, at CEMarin, together with the other responsible parties, we are carrying out field work and modeling. In March 2021, the field campaign was undertaken, including professionals for the installation of sensors in the sea, a diving team and a team of experts on the coast, where, with GPS differentials, points were gathered in order to have reference points regarding rises in sea levels. There is also a land-based team in charge of gathering information on the infrastructure and drainage systems of the islands. Additionally, the project has teams in charge of carrying out numerical modeling, atmospheric modeling, hydrological modeling and hydrodynamic modeling. All the data gathered in the field will allow the calibration and validation of models for decision-making. In the meantime, we are also generating a divulgation strategy for this study.

Econavipesca del Pacífico: ecosystem for sustainable fishing navigation in the municipality of Guapi, Cauca

Econavipesca del Pacífico puts innovative ideas into practice by building a novel prototype of an eco-efficient vessel, designed to be powered by renewable and hybrid energies. The general objective is to develop a sustainable artisanal fishing model that reduces the environmental, social and economic impacts that arise from the vessels’ use of fossil fuels and other resources that add to the costs of fishing operations. Through open innovation and co-creation methodologies, and taking advantage of both the knowledge of the communities and scientific and technological knowledge, the aim is to identify the
value chain as the basis of a sustainable artisanal fishing model that systematically harmonizes environmental, social and economic factors of the ecosystem, the strengthening of the fishing organizations, and the development of business plans that allow the development of social enterprises within this model.

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Responsible parties: Universidad de Antioquia, Municipality of Turbo, SENA (National Learning Service) and CEMarin

National Ocean Policy of Panama

At CEMarin we are currently working in the Urabá region, one of the are as most affected by the armed conflict in Colombia, in conjunction with the Universidad de Antioquia, the Municipality of Turbo, SENA and researchers from the Universidad de los Andes and the Justus Liebig University Giessen. This project, in the municipality of Turbo, has the purpose of implementing two systems of sustainable aquaponics (combination of aqua culture with vegetables grown in water), using native species, as follows:


an aquaponics training system for marginalized groups to be established at the Universidad de Antioquia’s Marine Sciences Campus in Tulenapa, and a best practice aquaponics system for regional species operated by fisher women and/or fishermen’s wives at their local school near Turbo.


The project has three main components:


Social: Participatory and culturally respectful training, socio economic empowerment and monitoring. Once trained, the municipality of Turbo and the SENA will continue to monitor and assist the fishing communities for at least three years.

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Drones as a Valuable Tool: Mapping and monitoring coastal ecosystems in Colombia

At CEMarin we are currently developing a series of projects to strengthen the coastal resilience of Punta Soldado Island, a rural area of the Buenaventura municipality. These initiatives are carried out in agreement with the Coastal Solutions Program of Cornell University, United States, which seeks to support young Latin American planners, developers and scientists to implement new solutions to the challenges faced by coastal ecosystems and their communities. In addition, the Universidad Nacional de Colombia is linked to this project through the National Call for Solidarity Extension won in 2019, which seeks to strengthen social innovation between academia and organized vulnerable communities, seeking to improve the quality of life of the latter.

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Responsible parties: Coastal Solutions Program – Cornell University, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and CEMarin

Contribution to the Climate Adaptation Plan on Punta Soldado Island, Buenaventura, Colombia

There are many challenges in the mapping and monitoring of coastal ecosystems in Colombia, including weather-related factors and the limitations of satellite imagery and other remote sensing tools to provide high-resolution measurements and small-scale temporary changes.


This project uses drone-based methods to provide a novel, reliable and fast resource to characterize and monitor different coastal ecosystems. In the long-term, these techniques can generate valuable data for use in future studies and be combined with other methods of remote sensing to enhance information over larger areas.

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