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Call for Papers on Blue Economy and Blue Finance: Towards Sustainable Development and Ocean Governance

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Blue Economy and Blue Finance: Towards Sustainable Development and Ocean Governance
Asian Development Bank Institute
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, and the Ocean Policy Research Institute invite submissions of original unpublished papers on the Blue Economy and Blue Finance for presenting at a conference at the University of Wollongong in Australia in November 2020 or by video conference in the event of continued health and travel challenges due to COVID-19.

Billions of people in Asia and the Pacific, especially poor and vulnerable communities, depend on healthy ocean ecosystems for livelihoods, food security and nutrition, good health, recreation, and disaster risk reduction. However, climate change, marine pollution, unsustainable fishing, and rapid coastal development are threatening ocean productivity.

Small Island Developing States in the region are among the most vulnerable to ocean risks. In particular, there is growing concern about the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events that can easily cripple these small economies, as well as the long-term effects of climate change on sea levels and ocean acidity.

Papers presented at the conference are expected to examine policy actions that promote sustainable ocean and coastal resource management. This includes the importance of using economic, social, and environmental knowledge, supported by reliable, consistent, and comprehensive data. The goal is to improve understanding of the “blue economy as a conceptual framework for how to derive wealth from the oceans on a sustainable basis and apply the economics of climate change adaptation in coastal regions.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Blue finance frameworks and innovative instruments for ocean financing – including national and regional proposals – as well as public private partnerships
  • Healthy oceans, ocean infrastructure, and the blue economy
  • Marine debris management and technology
  • Ocean conservation, development, and governance for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14
  • Implementation of effective and integrated coastal management for ocean preservation
  • Sustainable development and legal and institutional approaches to the management of blue economy sectors, including fisheries, aquaculture, and ocean and coastal tourism
  • Comparative case studies and methodologies for blue economy implementation and governance

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit their extended abstract in English via this link by 15 July 2020. The deadline is not extendable. The abstract should be about 1,000 words, including the title, name of author(s), affiliation(s), research background, motivation, methodology, and expected policy implications. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2020.

Selected applicants should submit their full paper using the above email address by 30 September 2020. The paper should adhere to the author submission guidelines of ADBI. The paper should be 8,000-10,000 words in length, including references, and should have the following structure:

  • Paper title
  • Author info (including co-authors): name, affiliation, address, and e-mail
  • Abstract (150-250 words)
  • Keywords or keyword phrases (4-8)
  • JEL classification code(s)
  • Introduction
  • Main text (split into various sections with headings and subheading)
  • Conclusion and policy recommendations
  • References

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the Regional Conference at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong on 3-5 November 2020. ADBI will provide travel support to one author per paper, who must be a citizen of an ADB member country.

The proceedings will be held by video conference should COVID-19 disruptions continue.

Selected papers will also be considered for publication as ADBI policy briefs and inclusion in a special journal issue or book.

Contacts

Inquiries may be directed to Pitchaya Sirivunnabood ([email protected]) and Michelle Voyer ([email protected]).

Project Organizing Committee

  • Chul Ju Kim, Deputy Dean, ADBI
  • Peter Morgan, Vice Chair of Research, ADBI
  • Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, Capacity Building and Training Economist, ADBI
  • Michelle Voyer, Senior Research Fellow, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
  • Dominique Benzaken, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
  • Atsushi Watanabe, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Michael C. Huang, Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation