The ocean covers 70% of our planet, carries 90 % of globally traded goods, feeds billions, and provides jobs to hundreds of millions. The blue economy is said to be worth trillions of dollars – but what exactly is the blue economy? Where is it? Who is part of it? How does it connect with the wider economy? What part do I play in it? What does it mean to have a sustainable blue economy, and how do we achieve it? If you have ever struggled to address any of these questions, the resources on this page might be helpful for you.
The blue economy encompasses:
Read more on this storymap, and find out more in the video below.
The creation of a sustainable blue economy is a challenge that none of us have fully achieved yet, but sharing knowledge, tools and experiences is the best way for us to make progress globally, nationally, and within our own communities. Transitioning to a sustainable blue economy will require a myriad of actors undertaking different tasks and actions, from local community initiatives to global cooperation. Social and environmental priorities differ between localities and scales, so each initiative and action needs to be adjusted to its specific scale, context, and circumstances.
Different regions, countries and communities can’t each follow identical pathways. However, individual pathways and actions can be guided by the same vision of the “safe and just space for humanity”, and make use of existing frameworks, approaches and methods whenever appropriate. The resources on this page might help you make progress in your own role along your own pathway. The video clips and publication below illustrate how different individual transition pathways can look in practice, and might serve as inspiration.
Read the report Identifying Pathways for progress
Watch how people’s pathways have made a positive impact on their local surroundings:
Here you will find our ever expanding database of trainers who have Sustainable Blue Economy in their blood: They live it, sleep it, and will die for it…
Are you embarking on your own pathway towards building a sustainable blue economy? If so, our capacity building resources might help you. Our sustainable blue economy training workshops are designed to help you identify and put into practice your own actions and pathways for progress. We don’t have a ready-made set of perfect, one-size-fits-all answers, nor can we provide an easy step-by-step instruction book for how to build a sustainable blue economy, but our highly interactive workshops will provide you with an opportunity to explore concepts, frameworks, tools and guidance that can support you on your journey of finding the right answers and solutions for your own context.
Follow the links above to our trainer hub, where you can contact us if you are interested in a training workshop. You can also access and use our capacity building resources yourself if you wish. This video provides an overview. All the training resources are linked to at the very bottom of this page.
We have created videos about the Sustainable Blue Economy and the Circular Blue Economy. The graphics used in the videos are free to use and share, and can be found here.