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Socio-ecological Resilience in South Africa's Blue Economy: The Role of Marine Protected Areas

Globally there is a move to embrace ‘Blue Economies’ that promote the services the ocean provides to humankind. Ocean services include not only delivery of industries such as fisheries, mining, transport and tourism but also regulation of air qua...

China, Japan, India and the East Africa Blue Economy

East Africa’s coastal states are attracting increasing attention from global economic powers, not only for the opportunities within these economies themselves, but also for the access they provide through transport corridors to landlocked states i...

Prospects for the Kenyan Blue Economy

The government of Kenya is increasingly prioritising the Blue Economy as a potential source of employment and economic growth. In recent years a number of sectoral initiatives have been launched, as well as new institutional structures for the int...

Coastal Tourism and Economic Inclusion in Indian Ocean Rim Association States

The inclusiveness of tourism development is coming under close academic and policy scrutiny, including in policy debates within the Indian Ocean region through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). Coastal and marine tourism is recognised as a ...

Coastal Tourism and Economic Inclusion in Indian Ocean Rim Association States - Policy Brief

The inclusiveness of tourism development is coming under close academic and policy scrutiny, including in policy debates within the Indian Ocean region through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). Coastal and marine tourism is recognised as a ...

Oil and Fisheries in Ghana: Prospects for a Socio-ecological Compact

"Fisheries play a crucial role in supporting livelihoods and food security in Ghana. While there is a sizable industrial fishing fleet, more than two-thirds of Ghana’s total marine fish catch is accounted for by artisanal fishers. These fishers ...

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.4 Resources of the Sea

This infographic is part of a series titled : Natural Resource Governance. This edition no.4 is about the Resources of the Sea. The statistical information firstly depicts Blue Economy- the new resource frontier. The Maritime zone under Africa's ...

France in the Indian Ocean: A Geopolitical Perspective and Its Implications For Africa

"The world’s oceans have been brought back into focus in recent years. With an estimated economic value of some $2.5 trillion (ZAR 25.9 trillion), oceans collectively constitute the world’s seventh largest economy and hold a tremendous potential f...

The Nexus Between Prosperity in the African Maritime Domain and Maritime Security

At the centre of ocean governance are the undefined concepts of ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘maritime security’. The AU has undertaken significant work in developing policies and strategies that address both these concepts, which deal with human interactio...

Silk, Cinnamon and Cotton: Emerging Power Strategies for the Indian Ocean and the Implications for Africa

"The Indian Ocean, once a centre of gravity for the trading nations of Asia, the Gulf and coastal Africa, is on the cusp of a revival of its substantial commercial status and geo-strategic prospects. This is manifested in a number of ways. Firs...

Aligning Africa's Maritime Ambitions with Broader Indian Ocean Regionalism

"Blue Economy initiatives have proliferated in recent years, reflecting the growing prioritisation of maritime affairs within the policymaking community. Sustainability concerns related to climate change, pollution and fishing practices are an imp...

South(ern) Africa and the Indian Ocean – South Atlantic Nexus: Blue Economy and Prospects for Regional Cooperation

Through the development of the maritime economy for South and Southern Africa, the success of economic diversification will depend on a feasible architecture of cooperation beginning with existing regional arrangements to address the risks that ar...

Aligning Africa's Maritime Ambitions with Broader Indian Ocean Regionalism

"Blue Economy initiatives have proliferated in recent years, reflecting the growing prioritisation of maritime affairs within the policymaking community. Sustainability concerns related to climate change, pollution and fishing practices are an i...

Taking back the Seas: Prospects for Africa’s Blue Economy

The international shipping industry is driven by fierce competition. The maritime trade history within Africa’s coastal waters has been characterized by foreign exploitation since the early colonial era. Today, the African Union (AU), through its ...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 30 Issue 2 March-April 2018

Maritime insecurity has tended to be side-lined in conventional thinking on peace and security in the Horn. ‘Sea-blindness’ as a factor in peace and security policy deliberations has the effect of downgrading the criticality of the maritime domain...

Green Shoots for the African Blue Economy?

With 38 coastal and island states, 13 million km² of collective exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and a coastline of over 47,000 km there is an enormous untapped potential for African countries, and for the African continent as a whole, to develop ...

Securing a Sustainable Oceans Economy: South Africa’s Approach

This report contributes to the growing interest in South Africa’s maritime domestic and foreign policies by critically discussing recent developments. South Africa should be considered, at least by virtue of its geographic location, a unique mari...

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