Transitioning to a blue economy
We have identified which marine activities have the potential to help New Zealand transition to a blue economy – ie they are sustainable, resilient to climate change, minimise waste, and have positive impacts on society and culture
Project leader: Nigel Bradly, Envirostrat
Duration: August 2019 – November 2019
This project did a stocktake of national and international blue economy developments, and examined threats and constraints, as well as opportunities.
The team worked closely with iwi and stakeholders to gather a range of perspectives to ensure a broad understanding.
Sustainable Seas defines a 'blue economy' as: Marine activities that generate economic value and contribute positively to social, cultural and ecological well-being.
This work is a critical foundation for developing projects under our Blue Economy research theme. If you're interested in being involved in co-developing our core research projects and/or want notifications about our Innovation Fund then find out more here.
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If you're interested in being involved in co-developing our core research projects and/or want notifications about our Innovation Fund then email sustainableseasNC@niwa.co.nz