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About Mario Caña Varona
Mario Caña Varona
Expert, Ocean Governance
Phone: +47 469 44 195

I am a passionate about maps and discovering the world. This is what led me to earn a BSc in Geography and MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Seville. I spent the early years of my career producing cartography and conducting geodata analysis for consultancies in the fields of regional planning and environmental management.


I delved into the marine realm in 2014 when I started the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), jointly granted by the University IUAV of Venice, University of Seville and University of the Azores. I believe MSP is a great tool for ocean management, helping to reduce conflicts among users as well as environmental impacts at sea.


Before joining GRID-Arendal, I interned at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in Colombia and worked as a researcher on projects related to the Blue Economy and MSP at the University of the Azores and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography. My main areas of interest are ocean governance, stakeholder engagement and communicating science.


My work at GRID-Arendal is focused on building capacities and supporting good practices for conservation and sustainable use of the oceans in various parts of the world under the Blue Solutions project.

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