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Forum Forum organises two-day conference on blue economy

A two day high level conference on the blue economy for the Pacific Islands to explore lessons learned, innovations and emerging industries based on ocean resources will be held August
22 Aug 2017 11:00
Forum Forum organises two-day conference on blue economy

A two day high level conference on the blue economy for the Pacific Islands to explore lessons learned, innovations and emerging industries based on ocean resources will be held August 23-24 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The Conference, with the theme of Sustainable Oceans in a Changing Climate, will build on the outcomes of the June 2017 United Nations Conference on the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14) and on existing Pacific commitments and frameworks, to provide a roadmap for refining the concept and implementing a Blue Economy in the Pacific.

The conference which is organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the governments of the Solomon Islands and Fiji, will endeavours to provide a comprehensive roadmap for developing the concept of the Blue Economy in the Pacific.

The Conference will be chaired by the Government of the Solomon Islands in their capacity as PIDF’s Chair

The Pacific Blue Economy conference is supported by a number of other partner organisations such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), Conservation International (CI), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Pacific Community (SPC), United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), World Conservation Society (WCS), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), LMMA Network, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), University of the South Pacific (USP)and the Government of Kazakhstan.

“The Pacific Blue Economy Conference seeks to facilitate an exchange of experiences, lessons learned and good practices in the region and other parts of the globe on the concept of blue growth and the blue economy that are adapted and aligned with Pacific islands perspectives, priorities and solutions,” said PIDF Secretary General, François Martel.

While there is no universally agreed definition, the concept of a blue economy is generally understood to be a coherent, integrated, science-based approach to managing the economic development of the ocean and its resources, while improving human well-being and social equity, and preserving the environment and the integrity of marine and coastal ecosystems.

“Implementing a blue economy will require a move away from business-as-usual practices to embracing more inclusive, equitable and integrated approaches to the way in which marine resources and ocean ecosystems are valued, used and managed,” Mr Martel said.

An array of globally recognised contributors towards the development of the Blue Economy will also feature as guest speakers in this conference which includes Professor Gunter Pauli, former President of Seychelles James Alix Michel and well known environmentalist, film producer Jean Michel Cousteau.

Approximately 200 participants are expected at the conference, coming primarily from PIDF member countries in the region, delegates, representatives of multilateral institutions, the UN, and other development partners, international and regional organizations, representatives of private sector, representatives of philanthropic organizations, NGOs and other member of civil society, including the public as well as representatives of research institutes and academia.

Source: Pacific Islands Development Forum

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