Capitalizing on Co-Benefits and Synergies to Promote the Blue Economy in Asia and the Pacific

Publication | December 2021

Capacity development and international partnership are indispensable for promoting a sustainable blue economy.

A blue economy has become a pivotal policy objective to promote sustainable development through the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources. An approach to promote co-benefits and synergies is useful for a wide range of stakeholders. To articulate such co-benefits and synergies, we chose cases for analysis based on the co-benefits and synergies in the promotion of a sustainable blue economy. We performed a socio-ecological system analysis to examine the interface of marine and coastal ecosystem changes and the policy and institutional responses. In the analyzed cases, we identified a sound policy framework, multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral collaboration, innovation, and science-based policy development and implementation as factors that catalyzed co-benefits and synergies. On the other hand, market disruption, changes in the marine environment, and climate change impacts impeded the efforts to promote a blue economy. The results of the analysis demonstrated that capacity development and international partnership are indispensable to promote a blue economy and scale up this effort. The analysis also inferred that research institutes can play a role in providing policy options and courses of action to assess the locally available resources and pursue co-benefits and synergies through the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources with the aim of achieving a sustainable blue economy.


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  • Capacity development
  • Environment
  • Industry and trade
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Japan
  • Palau
  • Philippines