Sustainable Blue Economy Conference
Kenya is one of the countries in the forefront of building global consensus around best approaches to promote sustainable blue economy development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes blue economy as central in advancing sustainable development. SDG 14 calls on all stakeholders to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. The Governments of Kenya and Canada will co-host a High-Level Global Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy from 26th – 28th November 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. Other governments and institutions have also been invited to join Kenya in co-hosting or co-sponsoring this global Conference. This Conference will provide the International Community with a platform to define the elements of the blue economy and develop a detailed roadmap for establishing blue economies that are integrated, inclusive, and innovative while supporting the transition to sustainable ocean-based economies. The conference is predicated on the Productivity (Accelerated Economic Growth, Job Creation and Poverty Alleviation) on the one hand, and Sustainability (Climate Change, Waste Management and Controlling Pollution) in the Oceans, Seas, Lakes, Rivers and Other Water Bodies.
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The blue economy offers a strategic oppotunity for a more sustainable global future. With greater global consensus on the emergent importance of protecting the world’s dwindling waters and resources therein, the blue economy management stands to be a driving force for sustainable living.
The blue economy is defined in a variety of ways, but the most comprehensive definition was presented by the East Asia Seas Congress of 2012 who defined the blue economy as: “… a sustainable ocean-based economic model that is largely dependent on coastal and marine ecosystems and resources, but one that employs environmentally-sound and innovative infrastructure, technologies and practices, including institutional and financing arrangements, for meeting the goals of:
(a) sustainable and inclusive development;
(b) protecting the coasts and oceans, and reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities;
(c) addressing water, energy and food security;
(d) protecting the health, livelihoods and welfare of the people in the coastal zone; and
(e) fostering an ecosystem-based climate change mitigation and adaptation measures…”