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Exploring an integrated approach towards a sustainable blue economy 2023


Marine ecosystems are facing biodiversity loss in multiple dimensions. Anthropogenic pressures such as overfishing, eutrophication, climate change, habitat destruction, plastic pollution and invasive alien species are threatening ecosystem structure and functioning, and the provision of the ecosystem services upon which much of human existence depends.

In November 2022, the Scottish Government and JNCC co-hosted an online workshop called 'Exploring an integrated approach towards a sustainable blue economy'. Attended by representatives of UK governments and conservation bodies, academics, and business and finance partners, the workshop aimed to explore a blue economy approach that accounts for the dynamic and complex relationship between nature, economy and people, and to discuss how it can contribute towards a holistic and more efficient strategy to deliver net zero and other UK targets and ambitions.

This report provides a synthesis of the presentations and ensuing discussions at the workshop, written by the speakers at the workshop. The sections within the report contain an overview of current thinking on the blue economy and experiences of implementation, drawing from activity within the UK and internationally as a first step towards facilitating further work and collaboration on ocean sustainability for the whole of the UK.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2023·05·01

Merayo, E., Austen, M., Paterson, D.M., et al. 2023. Exploring an integrated approach towards a sustainable blue economy. JNCC Report 738, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report is an output from the workshop 'Exploring an integrated approach towards a sustainable blue economy', held online on 2 and 3 November 2022.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·05·29

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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