Blue Economy, what is that?
We hear the phrase “go green” a lot. But have you heard of “go blue”? Today, we bring you an overview of the term “blue economy” and how it fits into the zero waste philosophy.
大家把“go green”挂在嘴边，可是听说过“go blue”吗？所以今天带大家入门了解蓝色经济，以及阐述其与零浪费的关系。
What is it Exactly?
The World Bank defines blue economy as the “sustainable and integrated development of economic sectors in healthy oceans”. The United Nations (UN) further describes this definition as also involving related policies, sustainability management and partnerships that deal with the overall ocean ecosystem health. Basically, it is understanding that the ocean is more than just a body of water, but a key resource for not only marine life but many economies and communities.
When talking about the green economy, we hear “triple bottom line” used quite often. The blue economy is no different, where the “triple bottom line” of economic, social and environmental needs still pertains to dealing with the economies associated with the ocean. The challenge with the blue economy is that people are not aware how extensive this economy is. As many are turning to ocean reserves for profitmaking, it is key to ensure that we are doing it in a sustainable way, safeguarding the species and their habitats for more generations to come. In the past, oceans were seen as a tool for large-scale industrial developments to exploit for traditional business models, examples include commercial fishing and oil, gas, and mining industries. What happens is that these oceans suffer, with small economies that rely on the marine resources taking the hardest hit due to the degradation of the ocean environment.
Blue economy proposes a model that factors in improvement of human wellbeing and social equity. It is advocating inclusion and protection of all related groups and sectors that have a close relationship with the ocean ecosystem. It is also realizing that when it comes to the ocean, each sector can’t just focus on their own impact, but each sector has to see the picture of integration that they’re in.
Breaking Down Blue Economy
We like how the World Bank breaks the blue economy into four distinct pillars through its PROBLUE Fund that is part of the organization’s larger blue economy program.
The first area tackles fisheries and aquaculture, where a strong and sustainable foundation for these activities can help support continued sustainability.
The second area is marine pollution. We’ve heard a lot about single-use plastic waste
finding its way into the ocean. These plastics are threatening the well-being of animals livingin the ocean and also ocean health as a whole.
Oceanic sectors are a general name for various sectors that rely on the ocean, including
tourism, maritime transport and offshore renewable energy. Your last beach vacation? Yes,
that’s a part of blue economy!
The last pillar examines the relationship between governments and private sectors in how they approach seascape management or identifying ways to manage marine resources
while mobilizing the solutions necessary for ocean sustainability.
Blue Economy and SDGs
SDG# 14 is all about life below water. Under the mission of “conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, this goal aims to create more awareness for a more responsible use of ocean resources. This ties in directly with the idea of blue economy.
Problems in the ocean may seem very distant from us urban dwellers. But every time you enjoy a seafood dish or throw away a single-use plastic straw while sipping a Coke near the beach, you impact the ocean ecosystem. Small actions like reducing single-use plastics and supporting beachside trash cleanups can help ensure our marine friends live in a cleaner home.
The blue economy model helps businesses and individuals have a better grasp of the
interconnectedness of the marine ecosystem and its vulnerabilities.
At Zer’0 Waste, we’ve been promoting a better lifestyle on land.
Let’s work together to improve life below water too!