26 November 2018

Africa: What You Need to Know About Africa's Blue Economy

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Cape Town — The Blue Economy is about all activities that make sure we use the ocean sustainably while pursuing economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and a healthy ocean, says the World Bank. This could be areas such as renewable energy, transportation routes, food, and labour.

Here are a few more interesting facts from the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya:

- "$23 billion is robbed from the global economy every year by illegal fishing

- 2.2 million species of plants, animals and organisms live in our aquatic systems

- Only 2% of the world's maritime seafaring workforce are women

- 3.1 billion people live within 100km of the oceans of seas

- 1.5 trillion is the annual value of the worldwide ocean economy and is expected to double by 2030

- 90% of global trade is carried by sea and will double by 2030".

The world's oceans are central to culture, our food, our health and our economies.

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