PAST EVENT: The Blue View – Opportunities and Challenges for the Blue Economy

14 August 2020

Thursday 27 August, 1400 – 1500 BST (GMT+1)

Developing a sustainable Blue Economy has considerable potential to improve quality of life and reduce environmental degradation.

However, achieving this also presents multiple challenges, such as establishing suitable policy frameworks and spatial planning, fostering investment, managing environmental impacts, protecting cultural heritage, and encouraging cross-border collaboration and benefit sharing.

The purpose of the webinar was to:

  • Provide an overview of the Blue Economy concept, including key opportunities and challenges for Commonwealth countries
  • Present successes and lessons learned from two Blue Charter case studies:
    • Seychelles innovative financing initiatives including the debt-for-conservation swap, SeyCCAT and Blue Bonds plan
    • The FishFORCE approach towards addressing fisheries crime and its link with Operation Phakisa in South Africa


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The webinar is part of a wider series of virtual events that promote collaboration through the sharing of experiences, best practices and solutions on ocean issues. They also offer the opportunity to reflect on how to move forward with ocean management in a post-COVID-19 world.

Media contact

Josephine Latu-Sanft
Job title:
Senior Communications Officer
+44 20 7747 6476

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