Ocean Action Hub

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).

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24 Apr 2017 - Just in time for earth day 2017, adidas has taken further steps towards helping to end plastic pollution by releasing three new sneaker models woven from marine plastic debris.

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24 Apr 2017 - Local communities are at the forefront of marine resources management.

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20 Apr 2017Adidas is releasing special limited edition versions of four Major League Soccer (MLS) kits as part of its ongoing eco-innovation partnership with ocean conservation group Parley for the Oceans.

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19 Apr 2017 - As many countries turn inward, it is more important than ever to tackle critical challenges that are beyond the reach of any single state and which compel us to work together.

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18 Apr 2017 - A five-day regional training workshop on Coastline Mapping using Satellite Imagery was launched yesterday at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) in Albion.

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4 Mar 2017 - EU Ministers have welcomed with open arms the Communication on International Ocean Governance, which was adopted back in November 2016 by the European Commission and the High Representative.

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3 Apr 2017 - International NGO RARE is making its mark in promoting sustainable fishing through local fisheries management in the Philippines.

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30 Mar 2017 - A first of its kind project will provide African fishers with a benchmark for sustainable octopus fishing Government representatives, fisheries managers, private sector repre

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29 Mar 2017 - Rothy's, a US fashion startup, are making women's shoes out of recycled plastic bottles.

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24 Mar 2017 - [UNDP Oceans Blog] The oceans sustain creatures we haven’t even discovered, but they also keep terrestrial life going.
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Knowledge and Exchange Platform Towards a Blue Economy for the Pacific Islands

Event Date:
23/08/2017 - 08:30 to 24/08/2017 - 17:30
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22 Mar 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coa

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