On 25-26 February 2019, the International Institute for Environment and Development is hosting Towards an inclusive blue economy in London, UK.
This event will bring together ocean experts, policymakers, fisheries associations, business and civil society representatives, and stakeholders to consider strategies for developing national economies that protect marine resources and people's livelihoods and make sure that the benefits of the ocean are shared equitably.
The meeting will look at issues such as inclusive governance of the high seas, the true economic value of small-scale fisheries, and fiscal policies and governance issues relating to marine and coastal ecosystems. It will consider how to ensure that policies and practices do not negatively impact marine life or people.
This meeting is part of IIED's wider project work on moving towards an inclusive blue economy.
Issues for discussion
The high seas
The ocean brings many benefits: it plays a part in regulating our climate, it is a rich source of food and other natural resources. But in areas beyond national jurisdiction it is a free for all. There is no governance system and widespread misuse of an ocean that belongs to everyone. We could all play a role in being stewards of the high seas – what is needed to make that possible?
Fiscal policies for sustainable management of fisheries
How does this connect to sustainable management of the ocean within a nation’s jurisdiction? What fiscal policies can be developed and implemented through tools such as taxes, fees and subsidies? We want policies that deliver a positive outcome for the environment and people, particularly those involved in the small-scale fishing sector.
Natural capital accounts for small-scale fisheries
And if new policies are needed and business practice must change, how can we gather and use data in a convincing and meaningful way to help government and the private sector to understand the value of the small-scale fishing sector? Without that understanding both people and the environment may suffer and opportunities for a sustainable life below water and on land will be missed.
To find out more about this event, please email Anne Schulthess, IIED's marketing manager at Anne.Schulthess@iied.org.