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Sep 14, 2022

Cabinet Approves Blue Economy Policy & Strategy

Back in August, Cabinet approved the Belize Blue Economy Development Policy and Strategy and the Belize Maritime Economic Plan. It is the result of a national development and consultation process that started back in 2021 which was recently approved. To break it down, these are guiding documents on development pathways of Belize’s blue economy. Now blue economy means any economic activities happening within our ocean space and focuses on areas such as transportation, tourism, fisheries and sustainable development. Senior Blue Economy Officer, Jané McLoughlin says that the policies bring together instructions for better coordination with stakeholders in the marine environment.

 

Jané Salazar McLoughlin

Jané Salazar McLoughlin, Senior Blue Economy Officer, Ministry Blue Economy & Civil Aviation

“We are already engaged in these sectors in Belize and what these documents do are provide more up-to-date pathways and actions and directions of what Belize can be; where we would like to be in the future especially as it relates to international commitments that we have and the culture and social and especially ecological considerations that we have for Belize. We know that as Belizeans we are very proud of our reefs, we are very proud of our marine environment – it is a part of our identity. So that’s one of the big components and guiding principles of these documents. The major thing with these policies is that they are bringing together instructions on how to better coordinate – not just stakeholders, but also policy – and not just policy coming out of the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, but national policy and legislation. The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation are acting as the coordinating entity for all of these economic activities – be it existing or future. So, any investment opportunities, be it local or international, the ministry wants to be that entity to guide the direction to coordinate how these activities happen. So what these policies are providing are essentially stepping stones. How can we do this on a national level with all the existing sectors and all the existing ministries who participate in our marine environment and how we can collaborate with the public? That’s a big component and like I said it is one of the guiding principles to have social and ecological awareness of how we interact with the marine space.”


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