The Blue Innovation Institute - An International Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Blue Growth and Food Security in a Changing Climate.
Purpose - The Blue Innovation Institute addresses the twin challenges of climate change and ocean degradation by promoting policy and technology innovations that help meet the target for SDG#14 on Oceans and are climate-smart and globally scalable while creating new natural capital for ocean health, food security and economic prosperity. This will be achieved through partnerships with international institutions and other members of the Global Blue Growth Network launched by the Dutch government, while harnessing and building capacity for regional and domestic stakeholders.
Thematic Scope - Activities include innovations in among others:
Coastal climate resilience through natural capital, coral restoration and marine protected areas;
Food security through integrated approaches to small scale fisheries and aquaculture in a changing climate;
Blue growth livelihoods through private sector investment in blue economy sectors including: coastal eco-tourism; yachting, marine services and manufactures; pollution, sewage and waste-water management; marine park management; ocean energy;
Blue financial instruments for leveraging private sector investment to effect implementation (as a cross cutting theme).
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets