Regional Conference and Policy Dialogue on Blue Economy, Ocean Tourism, and Sustainable Blue Financing

Event | 25 - 27 February 2020
Nadi, Fiji

Time of event

Day 1: 08:30–17:00
Day 2: 09:00–17:00
Day 3: 09:00–16:30

Background

Climate change, pollution, economic activities, and rapid coastal development are threatening the productivity and sustainability of the world’s oceans and blue economy. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Asia and the Pacific are among the most vulnerable to ocean risks, including the increasing frequency and severity of climate threats such as loss of life, depletion of natural resources, and damage to property and infrastructure.

At the same time, tourism has played a significant role as a driver of the growth of the ocean economy. Policy actions and strategies for ocean infrastructure, ocean tourism, and blue finance must be developed to boost economic growth.

This regional conference and policy dialogue will provide an opportunity for government officials from SIDS in Asia and the Pacific to gain knowledge of sustainable development for the ocean economy. The focuses will include policy strategies for promoting ocean tourism and blue financing in the face of climate change, drawing upon research and policy paper presentations, and interactive discussion.

Objectives
  • Raise knowledge and awareness of policies that underpin the sustainable development of coastal economies from financial and tourism perspectives
  • Improve regional understanding of disaster risk management
  • Build capacity to address climate and natural disaster impacts and advance the Sustainable Development Goals
Participants
  • Around 50 senior government officials from SIDS and other coastal Asian Development Bank member countries
  • Policy researchers and representatives from international organization and industry groups
Output
  • Enhanced knowledge of the blue economy, ocean tourism, and sustainable financing among government officials from SIDS and other coastal countries
  • Enhanced dialogue and networking between government agencies, international organizations, and the private sector to promote capital and financial market development
  • Papers to be considered for publication in the Journal of Marine Policy and another SCCI journal
How to register

By invitation or prior arrangement with ADBI.

To ensure the health and safety of event participants as the new coronavirus situation develops, registrants will be required to complete health clearance procedures and, depending on the result, may be refused entry to the event venue. The health clearance procedures are subject to change. Related questions may be directed to the event contact(s) above.

Partners
  • Ocean Policy Research Institute
  • Asia-Pacific Applied Economics Association
  • South Pacific Tourism Organisation
  • International Cooperation and Development Fund
  • Fiji National University