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African 'Blue Economy' Handbook Endorsed by Indian Ocean Nations

According to the ECA's Africa's Blue Economy Policy Handbook: 38 of the 54 African States are coastal States; 90 percent of Africa's imports and exports are conducted by sea; and freshwater and ocean fish contribute to the nutritional security of over 200 million Africans. The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)--composed of five African Indian Ocean nations: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (an overseas region of France), and Seychelles--recently endorsed the handbook as a methodological tool. Read more. More about the ECA in this BRIEFING


Africa's "Blue world" is made of vast lakes and rivers and an extensive ocean resource base. This Policy Handbook, offers a step by step guide to help African member States to better mainstream the Blue Economy into their national development plans, strategies, policies and laws.


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