The European Commission launched the second edition of the ‘Blue Economy Report’ during the opening of the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. As 2019 focuses on boosting blue economy, the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella presented the report.
The Australian government announced launch of the largest ever Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking economic, environmental and technological benefits for a Blue Economy.
Our oceans are critical to so many aspects of our day-to-day lives. In the UK alone, they provide jobs for over 500,000 people, contribute more than £47 billion to the economy, and are the means through which 95% of all trade reaches the UK. Globally, people rely on the ocean for trade, food, energy and other valuable resources, as well as enabling environmental protection and international aid.
Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon Robert Montague, discussed about the importance of the Blue Economy to Jamaica and the measures taken to support the Jamaican maritime sector. For Jamaica the ocean is an invaluable resource that has a lot of potentials for economic development and job creation.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside highlighted that the Agency remains committed to growing the ideals of the blue economy by bringing to the fore adequate knowledge of the sector in line with the capacity building drive of the Agency.
As part of its efforts to help African countries improve the sustainability of their maritime sectors and their blue economies, IMO has participated in two major annual maritime security exercises in Djibouti and in Maputo, Mozambique, to help support their initiatives.
A discussion paper published by Stable Seas and One Earth Future explores the vital roles of women in the Sub-Saharan African maritime space, as well as the numerous challenges they face in entering these roles. The brief explores the role of gender in maritime across four issue areas: rule of law, coastal welfare, blue economy, and maritime mixed migration.
On the occasion of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference underway in Kenya, India’s Union Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari highlighted the importance of Blue Economy for India’s economic development. The conference is being organized by Kenya, with Canada and Japan as co-hosts.
DNV GL has been assigned to put together a report for the Center for the Ocean and the Arctic. The aim is to coordinate efforts to begin a course for the proper use of the ocean and the Arctic. Experts work to understand how technology, innovation and digitalization could help the growth of the ocean’s economy. It is important to know actions that threat the ocean such as overuse, pollution, loss of biodiversity, climate change.
At the 5th edition of Our Ocean conference in Bali, the EU announced 23 new commitments for better governance of the oceans and €300 million of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance. This contribution comes on top of the over €550 million committed in last year’s conference in Malta.
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