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24-06-2021

Governing Coastal Resources: Implications for a Sustainable Blue Economy

United Nations Environment Programme

United Nations | Ocean Science & Technology | Ocean Policy & Sustainable Development

This recent report by the International Resource Panel, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, draws together an evidence base that demonstrates beyond question the need for enhanced governance coordination between terrestrial activities and marine resources.

The International Resource Panel, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, recently launched its assessment report Governing Coastal Resources: Implications for a Sustainable Blue Economy, on Wednesday 23rd June 2021. 


The report highlights that while coastal resources such as fish, minerals, and energy are critical for the Sustainable Blue Economy, which accounts for 5% of the global GDP, they are threatened by a wide range of land-based human activities. For example, roughly 80% of the marine and coastal pollution originates on land. However, there are very few, if any, truly effective governance mechanisms that take account of land-ocean interactions. 

 The new study draws together an evidence base that demonstrates the need for enhanced governance coordination between terrestrial activities and marine resources. It provides policy makers with concrete options for strengthening the existing land-sea governance structures and calls for an urgent shift towards a new governance approach. 

The full report, summary for policymakers and factsheets can be accessed here: https://www.unep.org/resources/publication/governing-coastal-resources-implications-sustainable-blue-economy 

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