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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


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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.