Ocean Action Hub

The Blue Economy approach is based on a vision of "improved wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities" (UNEP 2013). As such, Blue Economy initiatives support the creation of a low-carbon, resource-efficient, socially-inclusive society. The achievement of global sustainability goals feeds local objectives, and conversely, global successes are built on effective local implementation. As such, the services, benefits and values documented by initial Blue Economy efforts were and are seen as crucial not only for local communities and coastal states, but also the world as a whole (UNEP, 2015, p.8).

The fact that oceans and seas (as well as rivers, waterways and estuaries) matter for sustainable development is undeniable. Two thirds of the earth's surface is covered by water. The oceans1 are widely accepted as the incubator of all life forms. They are a fundamental yet delicate part of the Earth's biosphere and essential to sustaining life on the planet. Oceans serve a variety of purposes, all critical to the sustenance and preservation of human life. Among other things, they provide food and minerals, generate oxygen, absorb greenhouse gases (GHG), mitigate climate change, influence weather patterns and temperatures and serve as highways for human transport and sea-borne trade (UNCTAD, 2014, p.1).

The link between humans and the oceans has been fundamental to the development of human civilisation. Today, more than 3 billion people live in close proximity to the coast. This number is bound to rise with population growth, urban drift and increasing demand for accommodation close to oceans and seas. The high level of dependence of humans on marine assets is putting unprecedented pressure on marine ecosystems to service the ever-increasing demands of the growing global population. There is therefore an increasing need for regulation on the basis of an appropriate balance between the demand for oceans' natural resources and their sustainability (UNCTAD, 2014, p.1).

Healthy oceans and seas are essential to a more sustainable future for all. This is particularly true in the case of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). However, oceans are facing significant existential ecological risks that can negatively affect the social and economic prospects of all countries, particularly SIDS and coastal States that are acutely dependent on oceans. Some of these risks are a rise in sea levels due to climate change; acidification of oceans resulting from increased emissions of carbon dioxide; overexploitation and poor management of marine resources, including fisheries; wastewater runoff; deposit of pollutants into waterways; and the compromise of the seabed as a consequence of mineral resource prospecting and extraction (UNCTAD, 2014, p.1).

Latest

11 Oct 2019 - Africa’s vision for the “Blue Economy” got a boost from African Development Bank Group (AfDB) this week, with the announcement of US $13.2 million in financing for fisheries and aquaculture in Malawi.

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8 Oct 2019 - All elements of society must work together to assure the continued survival of our oceans, and that includes corporate action.

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2 Oct 2019 - The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and UNDP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support governments in the creation of public policies to diversify their economies while ensuring inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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27 Sept 2019 - 'Blue finance' aims to help raise funding for the responsible use of oceans.

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26 Sept 2019 - Researchers synthesize new data and assessment methods to show how freshwater fish feed poor rural populations in many areas of the world.

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12 Sept 2019 - The ocean’s health is in trouble. 

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3 Sept 2019 - Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing form of food production and is the source of half the world’s seafood.

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OCEANS 2019 Seattle conference is taking place from 27 to 31 October 2019.

Event Date:
27/10/2019 - 15:00 to 31/10/2019 - 16:30
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The World Ocean Summit will be held from 9 to 10 March 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

Event Date:
09/03/2020 - 08:00 to 10/03/2020 - 21:30
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14 Aug 2019 - Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed to secure progress.

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21 Jun 2019 - Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has designated 26 percent of its territorial waters as marine protection areas (MPAs), target of SDG14.

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Africa Blue Economy Forum 2019 takes place from 25 to 26 June in Tunisia.

Event Date:
25/06/2019 - 09:00 to 26/06/2019 - 18:00
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