EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, and Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Kistion, opened today in Odessa a high-level stakeholder conference on 'The blue economy of the Black Sea: Towards better integration.'
The Black Sea is an important transport corridor between Europe and Asia, a tourist destination and an emerging market for blue growth. Its blue economy, already visible in cities like Odessa, Constanta, Varna or Istanbul, has great potential.
Mission of Ukraine to the EU shared on Facebook:
'Participants, including government representatives, private stakeholders and researchers from the Black sea coastal states, took stock of progress made over the last year and discussed ways to adapt infrastructures to an innovative and global economy and offer high-quality services and optimize security. The conference also seeks to help craft partnerships across sectors and interest groups, to maximize the economic benefits for coastal communities.
Commissioner Vella emphasised the EU’s commitment to support a cooperative approach in the region: 'In the EU we have already adopted an integrated approach to maritime policy – one that takes the whole 'sea system' into account. This requires the different sectors – from local to the sea-basin level – to talk to one another. Our experience in the Baltic, the Atlantic, and Adriatic-Ionian shows that when all parties agree to work together in a structured way on a few pragmatic areas, this improves the investment climate in the region. And with that come new businesses, jobs, economic growth.'
The Blue Economy is a book by Gunter Pauli. The book expresses the ultimate aim that a Blue Economy business model will shift society from scarcity to abundance 'with what is locally available', by tackling issues that cause environmental and related problems in new ways.
The book highlights potential benefits in connecting and combining seemingly disparate environmental problems with open-source scientific solutions based upon physical processes common in the natural world, to create solutions that are both environmentally beneficial and which have financial and wider social benefits.
The Blue Economy began as a project to find 100 of the best nature-inspired technologies that could affect the economies of the world, while sustainably providing basic human needs - potable water, food, jobs, and habitable shelter.