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ATLAS Deliverable 7.7: Policy brief "Policy opportunities and challenges for Blue Growth"

Tinch, R; Boschen-Rose, R; Adelaide Ferreira, M; Johnson, D

Executive Summary
Blue Growth is the expanding but sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods
and ocean ecosystem health. Blue Growth is expected to increase across all sectors in the North Atlantic over the
next decade, involving new activities and additional locations for existing activities. Coordinating these activities
and ensuring sustainability can present significant challenges. The potential for collaboration across Blue Economy
sectors to enhance synergies and avoid conflicts is central to effective marine spatial planning.
Well-managed Blue Growth could make important contributions towards achieving United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG2: Zero Hunger; SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG8: Decent Work
and Economic Growth, and SDG14: a healthy marine environment.
Improved science and technology are key to ensuring that Blue Growth is sustainable, particularly in the face of
changing climatic and marine conditions. Greater integration between marine sectors is being actively fostered
through several ongoing and newly-established initiatives, including the United Nations’ ‘Decade of Ocean
Science for Sustainable Development’ and a new international treaty for conservation and sustainable use of
marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The ATLAS project is developing a knowledge base to inform the development of international policies to ensure
deep-sea Atlantic resources are managed effectively. This in turn will contribute to the European Commission’s
long-term Blue Growth strategy.

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