Virtual Conference on Blue Economy and Blue Finance: Towards Sustainable Development and Ocean Governance

Event | 10 - 11 November 2020
Online

Time of event

12:30–15:30 (Tokyo time)

Summary

Billions of people in Asia and the Pacific depend on healthy oceans for their livelihoods, food security, health, and recreation. However, the impacts of climate change, marine pollution, unsustainable fishing, and rapid unsustainable coastal development are increasingly threatening these ecosystems, jeopardizing the region’s small islands and other developing coastal economies.

Co-hosted by ADBI, the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong; Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; and Ocean Affairs Council, this virtual conference explored policy actions for promoting sustainable ocean and coastal development and management.

The focus was on the blue economy and blue finance, including related governance planning, sectoral management, and risk management. Research presentations explored innovative ocean financing schemes, as well as strategies for mitigating the impacts of climate change and unsustainable practices on communities that rely on healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Objectives
  • Examine policy actions that promote sustainable ocean and coastal development and management
  • Assess the blue economy and ways to enhance its sustainable growth potential in developing Asia and the Pacific
  • Exchange experiences and best practices on sustainable ocean development and management
Participants
Output
  • Greater understanding of ocean-related sustainable development, governance challenges, and policy solutions
  • Research papers featured during the conference will be considered for publication as policy briefs and possible inclusion in a special journal issue or edited book
  • Presentations delivered during the conference will be made available on the ADBI website
Partners
  • Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
  • Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Ocean Affairs Council
Conference Presentations

Session 1.1: Approaches to Strengthen Fisheries Financing and Institutional Mechanisms: A Cross-Country Comparison of Indonesia, India, and Cambodia
Raghu Dharmapuri Tirumala, The University of Melbourne

Slide

Session 1.2: Tracking International Aid for Ocean Conservation and Climate Action
Nagisa Yoshioka, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Slide

Session 1.3: Blue Bonds: Sustainable Oceans and Portfolio Allocation
Muhammad Zubair Mumtaz, National University of Sciences and Technology

Slide

Session 2.1: Government Policy, Industrial Cluster and Blue Economy: A Case Study on the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone
Zhihai Xie, Kyoai Gakuen University

Slide

Session 2.2: Developing the Philippine Blue Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the Ocean Tourism Sector
Maria Angela Zafra, Strategic Development Research Institute

Slide

Session 2.3: Capitalizing Upon Co-Benefits and Synergies for Promoting Blue Economy in Asia and the Pacific
Masanori Kobayashi, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Slide

Session 3.1: Addressing Marine Litter Through Sustainable Tourism: The Case of Siargao Islands in Southern Philippines
Kevin Roy B. Serrona, Solid Waste Planner, Resource Recovery Division, Department of the Environment, Prince George's County, Maryland State, US
Mary Jean Camarin, Chief Tourism Operations Officer, Department of Tourism Caraga Regional Office

Slide

Session 3.2: Off-shore Wind Energy as an Emergent Ocean Infrastructure in India: Mapping and Measuring Social and Environmental Challenges
Gopal K Sarangi, TERI School of Advanced Studies

Slide

Session 3.3: Sustainable Coastal and Maritime Tourism: A Potential Blue Economy Avenue of Bangladesh
Md. Wasiul Islam, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University
Tapan Sarker, Griffith University

Slide

Session 4.1: Application of the BinD model for Fiji’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Policy Simulation
Hajime Tanaka, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Slide

Session 4.2: Whether Coastal Protective Hard Structures Are So Longer Applicable with Respect to Shoreline Changes In Sri Lanka
L.C.K. Abeykoon, Department of Animal Science, Uva Wellassa University, Badulla, Sri Lanka

Slide