Blue Growth Initiative


Name of initiative Blue Growth Initiative
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
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Starting year 2013
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Secretariat FAO:;;
Organisational structure Launched in 2013 and led by the FAO and its partners – UNDP, NORAD, WWF, UNEP, ICFA, MSC, GEF, World Bank, the Netherlands.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Italy


Description The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) aims at building resilience of coastal communities and restoring the productive potential of fisheries and aquaculture, in order to support food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of living aquatic resources. Promoting international coordination is crucial to strengthen responsible management regimes and practices that can reconcile economic growth and food security with the restoration of the eco-systems they sustain.
Objectives 1. Enabling environment (capacity building, knowledge platform, and improved governance) established within 2 to 3 years in 10 target countries.

2. 10% reduction of carbon emissions in the 10 target countries in 5 years and 25% in 10 years. 3. Reduction of overfishing by 20% in the target countries in 5 years and 50% in 10 years. 4. "Blue communities" established in 5 target countries and resource stewardship ownership with 30% improved livelihoods. 5. Ecosystem degradation reversed in the target countries and 10% ecosystems restored in 4 target countries within 5 years.

Activities Improved evaluations of ecosystem services in Large Marine Ecosystems including coastal zones and Lakes for local and regional integrated and spatial planning,

Strengthened fisheries and aquaculture governance and institutional frameworks to set clear objectives and development paths for the sector; Increased contributions from the small-scale fisheries and aquaculture sectors – through improved fisheries management, aquaculture development and improved post-harvest practices and market access; Increased resilience to climate change, extreme events and other drivers of change through improved knowledge of vulnerability and adaptation and DRM options specific to fisheries, aquaculture and dependent communities who are at the front line of change; Technical and financial support to transitioning the sector to low-impact and fuel/energy efficiency and Blue Carbon enhancements.

One or two success stories achieved

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Function of initiative Capacity building, Technical dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Training and education, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Goal setting (ex-ante)
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Participants Number Names
Members 26  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 2 WWF (USA),  MSC (Italy)
National states 24 Algeria,  Bangladesh,  Barbados,  Cabo Verde,  Grenada,  Indonesia,  Ivory Coast,  Kenya,  Madagascar,  Mauritania,  Morocco,  Mozambique,  Netherlands,  Nigeria,  Philippines,  Sao Tome and Principe,  Senegal,  Seychelles,  Sri Lanka,  St Lucia,  Vietnam,  Timor Leste,  Tunesia,  and Zambia.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 10 FAO (Italy),  UNDP (USA),  NORAD (Norway),  WWF (Switzerland),  UNEP (Kenya),  ICFA (New Zealand),  MSC (United Kingdom),  GEF (USA),  World Bank (USA),  the Netherlands.
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 15 June 2020 10:00:34

Not only have national states as participators