Ecosystems and biodiversity

Setting sail to achieve SDG 14 – Life below Water – in Africa

29 Jun 2017 by Saskia Marijnissen, Regional Technical Adviser - Ecosystems & Biodiversity, and Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Adviser - Water and Ocean Governance, UNDP Africa

Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou
For Africa’s coastal and island states, proximity to the sea offers vast opportunities. Blue economy sectors such as fisheries, maritime transport, renewable energy, and tourism can boost employment, food security and trade, leading to economic growth. However, these sectors will only be sustainable if accompanied by efforts to restore and sustain ocean health. … Read more

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