We are facing a perfect storm. As the government and industry increasingly see the ocean as an essential source of economic growth, while on the other hand, they are tasked with countering the existential threat the ocean faces due to these (and other, land-based) activities. Businesses want to invest but are unsure about the risks due to ocean degradation and associated regulation.
The term ‘Blue Economy’ is increasingly used in various marine sectors and development frameworks. For it to be a truly useful approach, however, we argue that social benefits and equity must be explicitly prioritized alongside environmental and economic concerns. This integration of social dimensions within the Blue Economy is required to ensure that marine economic sectors contribute to achieving sustainable development goals.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019, on the final day of World Seafood Congress, WorldFish will be participating in The Great Debate: Critical Decisions for Future Success. Dr. Philippa Cohen and Dr. Cynthia McDougall will join the panel of keynote speakers to discuss on how to mitigate the disproportionate impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on the resource base, and ways our respective sector(s) can help address these global challenges.
On the second day of the World Seafood Congress, 10 September 2019, Tuesday, The Multi-regional perspective for delivering Sustainable Development Goals Session will be chaired and organized by WorldFish, an international non-profit research organization working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and member of the CGIAR a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.
The World Seafood Congress (WSC) 2019 invites participants from all over the world to attend this biannual global event which is scheduled to be held on 9-11 September 2019 in Penang, Malaysia. On Sunday, 8 September 2019, WorldFish will be organizing and hosting a pre-congress workshop at WorldFish Headquarters, Penang.
With rapidly increasing investment in water control infrastructure (WCI) and a recently ratified agriculture development strategy that promotes integrated farming of high-value products such as fish, agricultural production, already fundamental to Myanmar’s economy, will be central to driving the countries’ socioeconomic transformation. Water planners and managers have a unique opportunity to design and manage WCI to incorporate fish and, in so doing, reduce conflicts and optimise the benefits to both people and the ecosystem services upon which they depend.
Guiding the sustainable development of sectors within the blue economy is critical not only to the global goal of thriving life under water (SDG 14), but also across many other goals related to resources, poverty, health, equity and wellbeing. This is especially the case for island and coastal states, where oceans support daily subsistence, livelihoods and economic opportunities, in the face of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity.