Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Blue Solutions at the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy”

Written by Volker Koch, Blue Solutions Initiative

The 2017 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) focused on “Greening the Ocean Economy” from November 21-22 in Paris, France. The event was part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week (November 20-24,  2017). Two providers of solutions from the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet online platform were involved in the discussions on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and sustainable tourism.

The objective of the forum was to discuss how to scale up policies and measures to conserve and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. Key topics included fisheries management, combatting illegal activities at sea, MSP, the effective design and management of marine protected areas, implementation and monitoring of SDG 14, marine pollution including plastic litter, employment, trade and investment implications across developed and developing countries (find more information on the official website).

Contribution of blue solutions for MSP and sustainable tourism

Panel discussion on Marine Spatial Planning with Jorge Jiménez from MarViva (second from right) © Blue Solutions

Jorge Jiménez from MarViva was one of the panelists and discussed challenges and opportunities of MSP in Central America. He contributed blue solutions for the Monitoring of Fish Landings by Coastal Communities and for Communication as a tool for local governance to the PANORAMA platform. In the panel discussion on tourism, Sybille Riedmiller presented the successful implementation of a private marine protected area in Chumbe Island, Zanzibar. She made a strong case for private protection, environmental education and co-management, financed by sustainable tourism.

Panel discussion on tourism with Sybille Riedmiller (on the right) © Blue Solutions

Outcomes of the forum

Stakeholders from many different sectors were present at the forum and stimulating discussions took place during and after the sessions. Finally, the OECD recommended to develop policy advise, indicators, sustainability guidelines and monitoring systems that help shape a sustainable Blue Economy in the future. Peter Thomson, the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, highlighted the urgency to act now, to guide users towards a balanced equilibrium between use and protection of our ocean and coasts, to include all relevant stakeholders and to use the SDGs, especially SDG 14, as a guide and a way forward.


Sybille Riedmiller and Jorge Jiménez during the OECD Forum “Greening the Ocean Economy” © OECD