Danny Faure said that blue economy is at the heart of global
efforts to achieve shared prosperity, peace and security.
will showcase the enormous opportunities in the blue economy
that we can seize upon to achieve sustainable development,”
Kenya is co-hosting
the inaugural blue economy conference with Canada and Japan amid
concerted efforts to protect the planet’s water resources to
achieve the green agenda.
president of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) International,
said that action on plastics and other non-bio degradable waste
choking the oceans should be intensified to unlock their
“We have an
opportunity to grow fisheries sector by ensuring plastic waste
is removed from our oceans,” Sukhdev remarked, adding that
placing a monetary value to marine and inland fresh water
resources is key to enhancing their conservation.
EU Commissioner calls for joint
global management of marine resources
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The European Union (EU) has called for effective
management of fish stocks, proper utilization of maritime space
and joint planning and management of the world’s oceans at a
global conference on sustainable blue economy currently under
way in Nairobi, Kenya.
Karmenu Vella, EU
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
told the conference the world must not repeat the same mistakes
it has made on the utilization of land by doing the same at sea
and that the world’s marine resources must be shared and
Vella said President
of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has recently
proposed a new Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs
between Europe and Africa.
The alliance is
expected to help create at least 10 million jobs in Africa
within the next five years, the EU Commissioner said.
He said the
Sustainable Fisheries Agreement signed between the EU and other
African countries will help to provide technical support in
sustainable and environmental friendly fishing.
to develop the blue economy in our partner countries can be
included in these agreements. We can also team up in fighting
illegal fishing,” the EU official said.
The EU Commissioner
said efforts to curb illegal fishing led to an increment in the
fish stocks. This is a result of controls against illegal
fishing in some 50 countries cooperating with the EU to curb
misuse of the resources at sea.
China to support global efforts
to revitalize growth of blue economy: envoy
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
China will rally behind global efforts to promote
growth of blue economy in line with sustainable development
agenda, said a Chinese government official on Monday.
Xu Jinghu, special
representative of the Chinese government on African affairs told
the sustainable blue economy conference under way in Nairobi
that Beijing has supported global efforts to boost growth of
blue economy through improved governance and sharing of
knowledge and expertise to strengthen conservation of marine
“China calls for a
blue economy partnership and the resolution of ocean issues
through cooperation,” said Xu.
Kenya is hosting the
first ever blue economy conference to take place in Africa that
has drawn more than 10,000 participants from 183 countries.
More than ten Heads
of State and Government mainly drawn from Africa,
representatives of multilateral agencies, industry executives,
ministers, scientists and grassroots campaigners are attending
the three-day conference.
Xu said that blue
economy has become an integral component of sustainability
agenda hence the need for key stakeholders to pay enough
attention to the sector.
“Blue economy is
part and parcel to the development of ocean countries and has
already become a new engine of the global economy,” Xu remarked,
adding that prudent use of marine resources is key to achieve
the UN 2030 goals and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.
The envoy said that
China has supported global efforts to boost growth of blue
economy through improved governance and sharing of knowledge and
expertise to strengthen conservation of marine ecosystem.
“At the same time,
in jointly building the Belt and Road, China will work for
greater complementarity in ocean economy strategies and
industries among countries, share our experience in the
development of ocean economy, actively explore bilateral and
multilateral cooperation ranging from marine resources
development and protection, mariculture, fishery and marine
tourism,” said Xu.
The Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in Beijing in early
September also adopted an initiative that covers blue economy
cooperation between China and Africa.
Xu said that China
is ready to offer technical and financial support that is
required to spur growth of blue economy in Africa and other
Seychelles wins praise for role
in promoting blue economy at key conference
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Delegates from around the world attending a
conference on how to effectively utilize the marine resources
for sustainable economic empowerment of communities have praised
Seychelles for successfully launching initiatives to benefit
from its oceans and seas.
attending the world’s first Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi
on Monday, jointly hosted by the governments of Kenya, Canada
and Japan, singled out Seychelles for its “progressive action”
to effectively utilize and protect marine resources to develop
“We have witnessed
how progressive actions by some of the countries represented
here to sustainably use, nature and protect marine resources
have enabled these countries to develop vibrant, diversified and
inclusive economies,” said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta,
referring to Seychelles and Canada.
won international acclaim from the World Bank and other
international financial institutions when it became the first
country to issue a “blue bond,” the world’s first ever blue
sovereign bond to raise about 15 million U.S. dollars to finance
investments in fisheries development.
The Bond’s proceeds
are to be used to expand the capacity of local fishing
communities, safeguard oceans and expand protected marine zones,
in addition to better conserving the marine and wildlife
resources at sea and making them more environmentally
conference is seeking the commitment of the world leaders and
governments to use the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to enrich
the economies of their countries and to avoid environmental
risks associated with the misuse of natural resources.
Kenyatta, two thirds of the global waters lie beyond the
national jurisdiction. This means that action in one sea will
have positive or negative effect on other seas.
“Success in managing
our global aquatic resources for sustainable global development,
therefore, critically hinges on us working together,” President
Danny Faure said his country was committed to the redoubling of
efforts to ensure blue economy policies are included in all the
policies agreed upon around Africa.
He said Seychelles
would ensure the integration of the blue economy policies in all
Faure, who was
recently appointed the African Union Champion for the Blue
Economy, said his country and Mauritius, would also work jointly
on the conservation and management of their marine resources.
He said Seychelles
showed its commitment to the blue economy drive by offering to
host the headquarters of the pan African shipping owners
association in its country.
He called for the
establishment of a regional mechanism for the monitoring of
shipping lines at sea.
Kenya and Huawei to partner to
quality to boost access to clean water
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and Chinese technology firm Huawei plan to
partner to monitor water quality in order to boost access to
clean water, officials said on Monday.
Fred Nyongesa, water
quality manager of Water Resource Authority (WRA) told Xinhua in
Nairobi that they are in discussions to sign an agreement with
Huawei to begin monitoring water quality in early 2019.
“Under the agreement
Huawei will install telemetric systems to relay water quality
data to WRA database on a real time basis to check for disease
causing organisms as well as to enhance the safety of aquatic
ecology,” Nyongesa said during the Sustainable Blue Economy
Conference currently under way in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nyongesa said that
once the system is in place, it will enable government to track
water polluters on a real time basis using remote sensing.
He added that
currently 60 percent of all surface water in urban areas and 40
percent of all water bodies in rural areas are polluted.
that contamination of water bodies is largely due to illegal
discharge of solid and liquid waste into rivers, lakes and
WRA is currently
conducting a survey on the country’s six water catchments areas
to assess and classify their levels of pollution.
channel solution manager at Huawei said that the water
monitoring system is currently working in China.
Bhatt said that its
water quality monitoring system works through sensors that are
installed at strategic locations to gather data which is stored
at private and public cloud.
“We have developed a
communication platform that is robust enough to extract valuable
data according to how it is configured,” he said.