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Oct 26, 2021

Challenges of the Blue Economy

UN Sustainable Development Goal number fourteen entitled “Life Below Water” speaks to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and the marine resources for sustainable development. A recent report shows that more needs to be done to protect marine resources.  But there are many challenges. Marine pollution, port and shipping sustainability are among the issues that must be addressed in the Blue Economy.


Voice of: Stacie Swift, Documentations Manager, Belize Port Authority

“More than eighty percent of all cargo and more than seventy-one percent of all tourists arrive in Belize through its network of ports. So marine transportation and the shipping industry and ports are crucial sectors of the blue economy concept. Ocean going vessels emit significant pollution that not only affect populations living near coastlines, but also those living hundreds of miles inland. Some of the disadvantages that we see right now at this moment is that there is a lack of a national ports policy in terms of the port development infrastructure, port digitization as I mentioned previously in terms of outdated BPA regulations and laws so all of this has to be in formality in terms of the best practices regional, international and also the domestication of those international conventions and we have to look at the risk analysis involved in terms of the port development.”

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