Making a new blue economy in Kaikoura: a participatory process approach (innovation fund)

Uplifted Kaikoura rocky reef following the 2016 earthquake. Photo: NIWA/Dave Allen

Following the November 2016 earthquakes, Kaikōura’s economy is having to be redeveloped in the midst of huge disruption to marine ecology and everyday social and economic life. This project aims to work with Kaikōura’s communities and businesses to develop a practical, long-term strategy for building a sustainable blue economy, which makes the most of new opportunities to balance social, economic and environmental aspirations - and that complements other efforts to rebuild the region’s economy.

Project leader: Nick Lewis, University of Auckland

Redeveloping a new blue economy following the November 2016 earthquake

This work will provide Sustainable Seas with crucial insights into how to best build blue economies and improve participatory processes for guiding investment and environmental management.

What is a ‘blue economy’?

Different people and groups use the phrase in different ways, but we are referring to: a sustainable marine economy that is built around local communities’ values and aspirations, social and technical innovation, and healthy ecosystems.

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