Promoting a Sustainable Blue Economy
A sustainable blue economy fits within the boundaries of our ocean’s ecosystems. Truly integrated maritime policies, adequate economic and legislative incentives, supportive public and private financial and investment flows, as well as successful implementation of ecosystem-based Marine Spatial Planning are all important means to help us get there. Healthy ecosystems, well-managed Marine Protected Areas and good environmental status must be the basis for sustainable development, not separated from it.
According to a 2018 assessment by the European Commission, the EU’s blue economy generates over €566 billion and employs nearly 3.5 million people. However, with all EU waters currently failing to achieve good environmental status for assessed fish stocks, paired with a 40% decline in global marine life over the last 40 years, we cannot continue to operate under the guise that the ocean is so vast that human activity cannot affect it.
The WWF works with the EU to ensure that the blue economy’s growth is tied to sustainable economies on both land and at sea – that is, an economy that restores, protects and maintains diverse, productive and resilient ecosystems, and that is based on clean technologies, renewable energy, and circular material flows.
Head, European Marine Policy
Ignacio Fresco Vanzini
Public Affairs Officer, Marine Policy
+32 485 46 47 09
Marine Protection and Spatial Planning Policy Coordinator
Marine Communications Officer
+32 483 26 20 86
Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, March 2018
All Hands on Deck: Setting Course to a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Baltic Sea Region, October 2015
Blue Growth in the Mediterranean Sea: The challenge of good environmental status, September 2015
Principles for a Sustainable Blue Economy, May 2015
Reviving the Ocean Economy, April 2015