Indian Ocean blue economy


The Indian Ocean is gaining more attention as the world turns to the ‘blue economy’ for future development.

This Economist Intelligence Unit report “Charting the course for ocean sustainability in the Indian Ocean Rim” is an  sponsored by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, and highlights key ocean challenges facing the Indian Ocean Rim countries and showcases initiatives undertaken by governments and the private sector in the region to address these challenges. The report explores how ocean sustainability can be achieved through the lens of developing nations, taking into consideration the challenges of a low income population as well as an environmental regulatory framework that has yet to mature. Further installations of the report will be produced targeting the World Ocean Summit in March 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi.

CORDIO has been contributing to blue economy discussions for the Western Indian Ocean through a series of work with partners, in particular WWF with a focus on the Northern Mozambique Channel – see the links below:

Regional Ocean Economy report, 2017 

Scenarios for sustainable coastal development, 2018

CORDIO will present in the Global Governors and Mayors Convention at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, on 27 November 2018. Interim brochure available here.

Chapter on Ocean health in the blue economy, in the Indian Ocean Rim Association’s ‘Blue Economy Handbook(personal copy available on request)

Chapter on the Capitals Approach in the UN Environment Handbook on the Economics and Management of Sustainable Oceans.(personal copy available on request)