Sustainable Ocean for All

Harnessing the Benefits of Sustainable Ocean Economies for Developing Countries

Adopting more sustainable ways of managing the ocean is a global priority: protecting its health will bring benefits to all. Developing countries face specific challenges, as many depend heavily on ocean-based industries and are overly exposed to the consequences of ocean degradation. Enhancing their access to science, policy advice and financing would allow them to tap better into the opportunities of a more sustainable ocean economy, including more decent jobs, cleaner energy, improved food security and enhanced resilience, while contributing to the protection of the world’s ocean. This report provides policy makers in developing countries, as well as their development co-operation partners with a wealth of fresh evidence on (i) the latest trends in selected ocean-based industries; (ii) policy instruments, including economic incentives, to promote ocean sustainability in various contexts; (iii) the first review of development finance and development co-operation practices in support of more sustainable ocean economies, including a discussion of how development co-operation can help re-orient private finance towards sustainability.

Published on September 08, 2020

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Executive summary
Key recommendations to achieve sustainable ocean economies (Infographic)
The transition to a sustainable ocean economy is a global imperative
Developing countries and the ocean economy: Key trends
Policy instruments and finance for developing countries to promote the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean
Development co-operation for sustainable ocean economies
How development co-operation can help re-orient private finance and investments towards a more sustainable ocean economy
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