NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Securing Africa’s abundant marine resources from
emerging threats like illegal fishing, piracy and dumping of
toxic waste is key to hastening growth of the continent’s
nascent blue economy, experts said on Wednesday in Nairobi.
experts, who spoke at a side event on maritime safety during an
international meeting on blue economy, said that African
countries that are endowed with vast coastlines should intensify
vigilance against man-made and environmental threats.
Kenya’s cabinet secretary for defense, said there is a consensus
among African nations on the need to strengthen their maritime
security as they embark on revitalizing the key blue economy
pillars that include fisheries, tourism and shipping.
“We are convinced
that securing our oceans and other marine resources is critical
to the growth of blue economy. Safety in our sea lines will
facilitate cross-border trade and mineral exploration,” Omamo
harmonization of policies, capacity-building, knowledge and
information sharing to boost safety of oceans and mangrove
forests that are key to food security, climate resilience and
job creation in Africa.
“Coordination of our
coast guards is critical to secure our marine resources and pave
way for the blue economy to take off,” Omamo said, adding that
Kenya’s recently launched coast guard marked a milestone in the
country’s quest to become a blue-economy hub.
Michelle Stallone, a
maritime security expert, said that a motivated coast guard is
key to combating illegal fishing and plunder of mangrove forests
that are a threat to growth of blue economy in sub-Saharan
“Safety in the
oceans will enable governments and local communities carry out
fishing and seabed mining that will support the next phase of
industrialization in Africa,” Stallone said.
Daya Bragante, a
blue economy specialist at the United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa, said robust collaboration among
governments, industries and local communities is key to
strengthening protection of Africa’s marine ecosystem amid
threats linked to population pressure, over-exploitation and
Blue economy summit concludes
to promote utilization of marine resources
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The world’s first ever blue economy summit ended
in Nairobi on Wednesday with more than 10,000 participants from
170 countries signing a pact to help advance sustainable
exploitation of oceans and other marine resources to achieve
Kenya hosted the
three-day blue economy conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi
that was attended by more than 10 Heads of State and Government
drawn mainly from Africa as well as ministers, industry
executive and scientists.
Kenyatta in his closing remarks said it covered a new milestone
in global quest to revitalize growth of blue economy in order to
secure a green, peaceful and prosperous future.
“The conference will
be remembered for highlighting the great potential of our marine
resources and moving forward, we have all committed to harness
the potential of our lakes, rivers and oceans to grow our
economies and expand job opportunities,” Kenyatta said.
He said that the
blue economy conference revitalized political goodwill that is
required to anchor sustainable use of oceans and inland water
resources to boost food security, cross-border trade and climate
“We are committed to
strengthen political leadership, promote sharing of knowledge
and information on threats to marine life,” said Kenyatta adding
that scientific research is key to boost management of marine
The pact urges
governments and industries to act on ocean pollution, promote
smart shipping and sustainable fisheries in order to create
vibrant blue economies.
Canadian minister of Fisheries and Oceans said the Nairobi blue
economy summit rekindled conversation on viable utilization of
the marine ecosystem to advance green and inclusive growth.
and multilateral lenders pledged financial and technical
assistance at the end of the blue economy summit to promote
marine protection, plastics and waste management, maritime
safety and climate change adaptation to ensure that water based
economic activities are an integral part of the sustainability
China keen to
promote win-win cooperation in blue economy: official
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
China will leverage on its successes in
developing a vibrant blue economy to promote global cooperation
in areas that advances the green agenda, food security, peace
and stability, an official said late Tuesday during a side event
at the blue economy summit underway in Nairobi.
director general of National Marine Data and Information Service
(NMDIS) in the Ministry of Natural Resources, said Beijing has
prioritized fruitful cooperation in the blue economy in line
with the Belt and Road Initiative.
building blue partnership. The Chinese government has put
forward the initiative of ‘building blue partnership’ and has
carried out a series of work to promote the building of blue
partnership,” He remarked during the side event titled marine
economy and the path of blue growth in China.
The Chinese embassy
in Kenya and the UN Environment jointly hosted the side event
with NMDIS to shed light on the Asian country’s success in
harnessing marine resources to hasten industrial growth, attain
food security and mitigate climate change.
He said that China’s
blue economy, whose pillars are fisheries and shipping, has been
transformed tremendously thus offering crucial lessons to the
rest of the world.
The official singled
out vibrant aquaculture and emerging marine based industries as
an example of China’s determination to embed blue economy in its
vision for national rejuvenation.
Moving forward, He
said that China will strengthen cooperation with bilateral
partners to help them harness their marine resources and attain
develops international cooperation in marine economic fields.
The Chinese government encourages Chinese regions and coastal
port cities to give play to their local characteristics, deepen
practical cooperation with the countries along the Marine Silk
Road and facilitate implementation of relevant projects,” said
The official said
that China has partnered with several African countries to set
up infrastructure required to facilitate growth of their blue
Li Xuhang, charge
d’affaires at the Chinese embassy in Kenya, said that Beijing is
committed to cooperate with its bilateral partners to revitalize
growth of their blue economies and attain sustainable
cooperate with all partners and work together to build a
different future and therefore a different better model for the
blue economy,” said Li.
Lisa Emelia Svensson,
coordinator of marine and coastal ecosystems branch at UN
Environment, hailed China’s ecological civilization model that
has placed blue economy at the center, saying it has injected
vitality into the global green and sustainability agenda.